Downton Crabby: Brits Bash PBS Over Knockoff Merch

As the New York Times recently reported, the PBS hit Downton Abbey has spawned a cottage industry of  spinoffs for booksellers and publishers.

Oh yes – and jewelry makers.

From the U.K. Daily Mail:

Downton Shabby: Unofficial collection of jewellery unveiled by U.S. TV network

With its memories of a bygone age and class, Downton Abbey has proven to be as big a hit in America as in Britain.

But despite being showered with awards across the Atlantic, producers of the ITV period drama are less than happy after an American TV network launched a collection of somewhat tasteless themed jewellery.

Producers Carnival were forced to call in lawyers to stop the Public Broadcasting Service, the US network that airs Downton Abbey, from naming jewellery after the show’s most famous character, Lady Mary Crawley.

Helpful graphic:

PBS: Public Broadcasting Scamsters.

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2 Responses to Downton Crabby: Brits Bash PBS Over Knockoff Merch

  1. If you only watch hockey and “Pawn Stars” you never get exposed to this sort of crass commercializing.

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