Water bottles banned from the set of Downton Abbey - along with watches and modern underwear

Water bottles banned from the set of Downton Abbey - along with watches and modern underwear

By Ellie Walker-Arnott

Thursday 21 August 2014 at 05:09PM

Breaking news: Plastic bottles have been banned from the set of Downton Abbey. 

No more can the cast and crew quench their thirst with a handy sip from a 21st century water container. Instead, they are all going to have to drink from a less convenient cup like they did in the olden days. 

That's after last week's debacle when a water bottle was spied in an Abbey publicity shot, nestled in among antique vases on a mantelpiece behind Robert Crawley and his daughter Edith. 

And, in an attempt to avoid any more contemporary items sneaking their way into the period drama, the new ban doesn't doesn't end with water bottles. 

"Modern watches and jewellery are out and so even is modern underwear as the danger is apparently too great it could be seen if we bend over. They have relented in the case of prescription glasses and asthma guns, but that’s about it," an unnamed cast member whispered to The Telegraph, probably in fear that creator Julian Fellowes would find out. 

Although Fellowes, who has penned every single episode of the hit period drama, seems to have taken the mistake rather well. 

"I liked the cast's response, though, didn't you? It was a silly mistake, of course, and I suppose someone will be blown up for it, but if the cast can turn it around and actually help to raise some money for such a terrific cause, then I’m glad it happened. Victory snatched from the jaws of defeat," he said. 

Downton Abbey returns to ITV later this year 

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