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Last week at Downton Abbey, Anna the maid was attacked and raped by a visiting valet. Shocking viewing for those who before had only had to worry about what fork to use with their fish course.
The episode prompted dozens of viewer complaints, but most notably, Countess of Carnarvon, who owns Highclere Castle, the stately home where the fictional series is set. What I found most hilarious was that she said she didn’t watch the episode in question but had heard about it. She would prefer to watch nice things on a Sunday evening.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is probably the case with 90% of the complaints any show ever gets. The complainer probably hasn’t watched what happened but feels a sense of duty to make their point heard. Whilst the events of last Sunday’s Downton were quite shocking, there was nothing depicted on screen that you wouldn’t see on Corrie or Eastenders.
You can read the full interview with the Countess over at the Daily Telegraph.