It looks like we can safely say that Eric Idle is definitely not a Downton Abbey fan.
The Monty Python legend went on a bit of a rant (the instigation of which is unknown) about British period dramas like Downton being “condescending and inaccurate.”
He explained: “I love and adore the English. Well, not all of them. I hate the smugly sentimental upstairs/downstairs world of the upper-classes and their nostalgia for country estates and servants.
“You know, those TV series about fat-faced, smug, ******* upper-class twits where happy and kindly aristocrats are lovingly and gratifyingly served by contented, sexually available domestic servants.”
He continued: “It’s ****. It’s condescending and inaccurate, and panders to the worst kind of Americans who see the British as some kind of butler-owning democracy.”
It was finally revealed earlier this month when the Downton Abbey movie will begin filming.
Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection box set is available on DVD on Amazon.