'Downton Abbey' EP: Rape storyline shocks because Anna is 'a beloved character'

"Downton Abbey" introduced an upsetting storyline for Season 4 Sunday (Jan. 11) when Anna (Joanne Froggatt) was attacked and raped by a visiting Lord's valet in the servants' hall during a house party at the estate. When the episode aired in the United Kingdom, there were a few complaints levied at U.K. network ITV about the storyline, though executive producer Gareth Neame tells Zap2it that it wasn't as controversial as the press made it out to be."It's a much-loved character and people were shocked that something could be perpetrated on such a beloved character," says Neame. "But depending on what you were looking at in the U.K. press, you should bear in mind that most of this was whipped up by the media to create a story. There were a very few number of complaints, there were not a large number of complaints. It was whipped up as a newspaper story.""Which is fine, it drove...



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