I didn't make an edit on 2.01... or, if I did, I don't remember it.
The Somme ended on November 18th, 1916. It can't be July; clothing isn't right, so it's sometime between.
Looks good, I try to make sure I am right before changing any factual content of another person's work.
In "Downton Abbey, The complete Scripts season two" it says "The air is full of flashes and the noise of guns. The Somme. November 1916."
But if you only go after the filmed episode, I can't recall anyone mentioning och the title card saying November. So it's your own pick.
I KNEW I'd seen "November" somewhere. Thanks!
It may say November, but they did not try very hard to make it look like November. In addition to the foliage and clothing (Edith when driving with Branson), the shadows are all wrong too. At about 10:27 (UK DVD) Sybil is walking outside and her shadow as well as that of a tree in the background can be made out. In both cases, the shadows are clearly shorter than the object casting them (Sybil or the tree). The shortest shadow of the day on November 1 in Yorkshire (I used the coordinates of Thirsk, 54° 13′ 57″ N, 1° 20′ 33″ W) on an object 5' tall is something over 12', based on the calculator here . I plugged in 12:00 noon as close enough to the shortest shadow of the day.
Don't forget, they do not film in the months the show is set; they may have filmed in Summer, but are passing it off as winter.
Yes, I even said that in an earlier comment. My point was that if it was intended to be set in November you would think they would have made more of an effort. I don't mean something as minor as shadow lengths, but they could crop shots and put people in appropriate dress to make it look more like November.
Well, it could have been exceptionally hot that year for all we know.
What do you think?