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Downton Abbey Series 5 – Cast respond to ‘water bottle-gate’!

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Doctor Abbey Series 5 - Cast embrace 'water bottle-gate' to promote work of international charity WaterAid ©2014 ITV

The cast of Downton Abbey Series 5 came up with a clever way of using this weeks ‘water bottle-gate‘ by posing for a picture to promote the work of international charity WaterAid.

Downton Abbey, Series 5 - Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael
Downton Abbey, Series 5 – Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) and Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael) with plastic water bottle on the right! ©2014 Carnival Films, photo by Nick Briggs

The publicity still released this week caught the attention for not quite the intended reason, a plastic water bottle was spotted in the picture. The picture of The Earl and Lady Edith was cropped for during the launch event but an un-cropped version sparked a global frenzy on social media which was picked up by the press.

A spokesman for the show said, “It’s testament to the huge success of Downton that something like this makes headlines around the world. While the water bottle is in the uncropped version of a publicity photograph we can assure you that it will not be making an appearance on screen’.

An ITV spokesperson said, “After seeing the reaction the picture caused earlier this week, the cast and crew came up with the idea of turning some of this attention towards an issue around water that really matters. They hope that by posing for this picture they will be able to raise awareness and amplify the work of international charity – WaterAid.”

Barbara Frost, Chief Executive of WaterAid, said, “It brought a really big smile to my face when the cast of Downton Abbey said that they wanted to support WaterAid’s work. How fantastic that the attention created over one water bottle ends up benefiting some of the world’s poorest communities through access to safe, clean water today.

Downton Abbey, Series 5 - Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael
Downton Abbey, Series 5 – Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) and Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael) in 1924 (with some help from FRO’s computer!) ©2014 Carnival Films, photo by Nick Briggs