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"Downton Abbey" Episode #1.4 (TV Episode 2010) Poster

(TV Series)

(2010)

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Anachronisms 

When Anna gets a cold, Mrs. Hughes orders her to go to bed and says she'll bring her up a Beecham's Powder. While Beecham was an old and established pharmaceutical brand at the time, the product Beecham's Powder was not introduced until 1926.
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As the camera panned the drawing room, a motion sensor (or glass break detector) is in the corner of the room. Even with modern retrofitting, alarm systems were not available in 1912.
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Factual errors 

Part way through the episode a maid (Anna) is sent to bed sick, and the cook says she will send up a Beechams Powder. Whist the Beechams company did exist in this period, Beechams Powder wasn't sold until 1926, several years after this episode is set.
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Revealing mistakes 

The reason for Gwen and Sybil's delay in returning from a job interview is that the horse pulling the trap had thrown a shoe, forcing the girls to walk. The horse appears fully shod with shoes visible on all four hooves as it is being walked to a blacksmith.
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