I hadn’t seen much of the first series of Downton Abbey, but since the new episodes are set in the Great War, I thought I’d take a look.
They really are whipping in the clichés.
White feathers. Self-inflicted Blighty ones. Shell-shock. Young ladies working with rough farmers.
Ah well, I thought half-way through the second episode, at least anyone hasn’t been shot at dawn yet. Then bingo!
I’m puzzled by the depiction of German marsmanship. In the first episode, several British tin hats were bobbing above the parapet with carefree abandon, and none of the Tommies came to harm. But as soon as a neurotic soldier held his cigarette lighter nervously in the air, an obliging sniper got him straight through the centre of the hand, first shot.
Soon we’re going to get a gallant rescue in No-Man’s Land, as shown in the picture. It almost did the actor’s back in.