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‘Downton Abbey’ Cast Uses Photo Blunder to Raise Awareness for WaterAid

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Who would’ve thought a photo blunder would turn into a good cause?

Earlier this week “Downton Abbey” released some promotional photos for its upcoming fifth season — and not all were accurate. As you can see here, someone left a plastic water bottle on the mantel.

Not only did this photo faux pas cause quite the stir, but it also pushed the cast into raising water awareness. Today, in response to the historical error, most of the cast took a photo (shown above) posing with water bottles and posted it on Facebook.

The photo caption reads, “The cast of ‘Downton Abbey’ embraced ‘water bottle-gate’ today by posing for a picture to promote the work of international charity WaterAid. A publicity still released this week hit the headlines when a plastic water bottle was spotted in the corner of the picture.”

An ITV spokesperson also released a statement to WaterAid saying, “After seeing the reaction the picture caused earlier this week, the cast and crew came up with the idea of turning some of this attention towards an issue around water that really matters. They hope that by posing for this picture they will be able to raise awareness and amplify the work of international charity – WaterAid.”

Even though the cast is using a lot of plastic here, at least clean water awareness is being raised. WaterAid is thrilled with “Downton Abbey,” and as Barbara Frost, chief exec, said, “How fantastic that the attention created over one water bottle ends up benefiting some of the world’s poorest communities through access to safe, clean water today.”

It’s probably safe to say the Dowager Countess would approve.

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