Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed he didn't enjoy the series of Downton Abbey set during World War 1 because it was too sentimental.
The Sherlock star felt that his TV drama Parade's End gave a much more accurate representation of Edwardian society.
Speaking to Reader's Digest, he said, "We're living in a culture now that's revering, or having a nostalgia trip with, the beginning of the 1900s.
"Although Downton traded a lot on the sentiment in the last series...but we won't talk about that series because it was, in my opinion, f*cking atrocious."
Benedict thinks Parade's End ended up being a more intelligent drama than Downton.
"I thought, "Are we pandering to taste?" But this [Parade's End] is so much more sophisticated, so much more unusual.
"You rarely see a piece about this class of people that's this accurate, funny and pointed.
"We're not making some clichéd comment: "Oh, isn't it awful the way there's this upstairs-downstairs divide. This is about class and love, an elegy to a dying era."
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