Where’s Sherlock when you need him?
It’s day two of Water Bottle-Gate and still no clear sign that points to which resident of Downton brought their 21st century water bottle to the 1920’s photo shoot. The cast of Downton Abbey has further clouded the situation by sticking together so as to not ‘grass’ on the guilty party. Where’s O’Brien when you need her? Why does Thomas all of of a sudden have tight lips? If you haven’t picked up a paper or watched any telly for the past several days, Water Bottle-Gate revolves around a Downton Abbey series 5 publicity photo that mysteriously featured a 21st century water bottle behind the Earl of Grantham and Lady Edith. Who could have possibly left it there and, was it on purpose?
The cast, sans Dame Maggie Smith, took a break from series 5 filming to grab their favorite water bottle in response to the now famous ‘water bottle photo’ in support of the international charity, WaterAid, whose work highlights the need in the world’s poorest communities to have access to safe, clean water and sanitation.
Barbara Frost, Chief Executive of WaterAid, was understandably beside herself at the unplanned attention, “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. Thank you so much to the cast and the producers of Downton Abbey.”
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.”