Having been accused of it's improbable storylines and historical inaccuracies by historian Simon Schama, a spokesperson for Downton Abbey has hit back at the claims, insisting that the popular ITV1 period drama is "not a history programme."
The show, which follows the lives of the Grantham family has gained tremendous support from fans on both sides of the Atlantic, resulting in a Golden Globe Award being awarded to Downton's creator Julian Fellowes over the weekend.
However, Simon criticised the show's success in America writing in The News Statesman that "Downton serves up a steaming, silvered tureen of snobbery."
Reacting to his comments, a Downton Abbey spokesperson told us:
"Downton is a fictional drama series set in a well documented era of recent modern history. It is not a history programme, but a drama of social satire about a time when relationships, behaviour and hierarchy were very different from those we enjoy today.
"American audiences are presumably enjoying the latest series of Downton for the same reason as british audiences - it is an entertainment with an intertwined mix of romantic, dramatic and comedic stories delivered by a large ensemble of different characters and indeed, as with any popular TV drama series, offers an alternative to our own life experience."
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