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Downton without grace

The historical advisor to ITV’s successful series, Downton Abbey, revealed in mid-November that religious references were deliberately left out for fear they would alienate increasingly secular audiences.

The Christian Institute

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Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville at the dinner table | photo: Carnival Films / ITV

Alistair Bruce, whose role is to ensure historical accuracy in the drama, said that the beginning of a meal is never shown because no one was ever allowed to see a grace being said. Bruce said: ‘I think that the view was that we’d leave religion out of it.’