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'Downton Abbey' stars tease Benedict Cumberbatch on Twitter after slam

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Downton Abbey cast members have poked fun at Benedict Cumberbatch on Twitter for describing their show as "f**king atrocious".

Cumberbatch made the comments during an interview with Reader's Digest, in which he was promoting rival BBC period drama Parade's End.

Parades End S01E01: Cristopher and Mrs Tietjens

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Downton Abbey Season 3 promotional image

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"We're living in a culture now that's revering, or having a nostalgia trip with, the beginning of the 1900s," he was reported as saying.

"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**king atrocious."

Hugh Bonneville, Dan Stevens and Brendan Coyle have now referenced the Sherlock actor's put-down of their ITV programme by simultaneously changing their profile pictures to the cover of the Reader's Digest issue containing his quotes.

Hugh Bonneville and other Downton Abbey stars mock Benedict Cumberbatch on Twitter.

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The image features a large shot of Cumberbatch's face and the heading: "Move over, Downton!"

First-look images and trailers of Downton Abbey's third series have been released in the run-up to its UK launch this autumn. The show will air in the US from January 6.

Parade's End begins tomorrow (August 24) at 9pm on BBC Two.

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