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Very modern mistake spotted in Downton promo pics

The countdown to series five of Downton Abbey has begun - but as the characters prepare to enter the 20s, an unwelcome intruder from the future appears to have invaded the set.

A water bottle appears to have been left in the shot by mistake Credit: ITV.com

A promotional shot of the Crawleys in front of their fireplace looks perfectly fine upon first glance.

But a closer look shows what looks like a plastic - and decidedly un-vintage - water bottle next to an ornate vase.

The image has now been removed from ITV's website.

Downton Abbey to return for fifth season on US TV

Downton Abbey will be back for its fifth season on January 4, US broadcaster PBS said - but the return date for another hit British series Sherlock is up in the air.

Downton Abbey to return to US TV Credit: ITV

PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said of the show starring Benedict Cumberbath: "We will have to wait to know when it's finished and available."

All episodes of Ken Burns' The Roosevelts, for instance, will be available for streaming the day after the first episode airs on September 14. "Downton Abbey will have some surprises in it. I think you know what's going to happen to the Roosevelts," said Ms Kerger.

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PM gives Downton Abbey script to China's premier

Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt, Michelle Dockery, Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth MacGovern and Brendan Coyle 'Downton Abbey' photo call Credit: Tammie Arroyo/EMPICS Entertainment

David Cameron gave Chinese premier Li Keqiang a special memento of his trip to the UK - a copy of the shooting script for the first episode of Downton Abbey signed by the hit show's creator.

The period drama, which has been a big hit in China, was written by Julian Fellowes, who was made a Tory peer by Mr Cameron in 2010.

Mr Cameron also handed the premier a special £10 gold coin. The lunar coin was designed by artist Wuon-Gean Ho and celebrates the Chinese year of the horse. The final gift was a DVD box set of works by Charles Dickens.

Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith honoured

Downton Abbey's Oscar-winning star Dame Maggie Smith has been elevated to a Companion of Honour.

For TV viewers, the 79-year-old is now inextricably linked with her role as the Countess of Grantham in the ITV period drama, while Harry Potter fans will recognise her as Professor McGonagal.

Downton Abbey's star Dame Maggie Smith. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Her career stretches back to the 1950s, beginning at the Oxford Playhouse in 1952 and within four years appearing on Broadway.

Her stage performances have continually drawn acclaim and she has collected numerous awards for roles in plays such as Hedda Gabler, Three Sisters and Private Lives.

She earned the first of six Oscar nominations in 1965 for best supporting actress in Othello, going on to win best actress four years later for her commanding performance in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie. Dame Maggie won a further Oscar in 1978 with the supporting actress prize for California Suite.

Sue Johnston to join cast of new Downton Abbey series

Actress Sue Johnston, famous for her roles in The Royle Family and Coronation Street, is to join series five of Downton Abbey, it has been announced.

Johnston will take on a guest role in the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama as the character of Denker, Lady’s Maid to Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham.

Sue Johnston has starred in The Royle Family, Walking the Dead and Coronation Street. Credit: Empics

Johnston joins other guest actors on the show, including Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor and Rade Sherbedgia.

Downton Abbey will return this autumn with a fifth series and again at Christmas with a special episode.

Richard E Grant to join cast of Downton Abbey

Withnail and I star Richard E Grant is joining the cast of ITV1's Downton Abbey, as Simon Bricker, a guest of the Grantham family.

Withnail and I star Richard E Grant is joining the cast of Downton Abbey. Credit: PA

His appearance in the hit period drama marks the actor's second collaboration with its creator Julian Fellowes - he previously starred in the writer's 2001 film Gosford Park, also alongside Maggie Smith, who plays Downton's formidable Dowager Countess of Grantham.

The cast of Downton Abbey Credit: ITV

Four Weddings and a Funeral star Anna Chancellor also joins the cast as Lady Anstruther, while 24 actor Rade Sherbedgia joins as a refugee, Kuragin, who has fled the Russian revolution after World War One.

The show's executive producer Gareth Neame said: "We are delighted to welcome these talented actors to the world of Downton. The characters they play are set to bring yet more excitement and intrigue to the show."

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