Downton Abbey: Clunking cliches, panto villains, bonkers storylines…

JAN MOIR: Clunking cliches, panto villains, bonkers storylines… Lawks! My beloved Downton is losing the plot

12:43 PM on 18th October 2011

English roses: Zoe Boyle as Lavinia and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in Downton Abbey

English roses: Zoe Boyle as Lavinia and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in Downton Abbey

The cast of Downton Abbey pose for a photograph to promote the show

The cast of Downton Abbey pose for a photograph to promote the show

Unmissable: Gaffes and inconsistencies are becoming

Unmissable: Gaffes and inconsistencies are becoming “impossible to ignore” in Downton Abbey with Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley (pictured)

Scene stealer: Actress Maggie Smith as the dowager duchess looking displeased in a still from the show

Scene stealer: Actress Maggie Smith as the dowager duchess looking displeased in a still from the show

Soap stars: From left to right, Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley, Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley and Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley in the costume drama

Soap stars: From left to right, Jessica Brown Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley, Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley and Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley in the costume drama

Actress Jessica Brown Findlay looks elegant and composed as Sybil

Actress Jessica Brown Findlay looks elegant and composed as Sybil