Vanity Fair fans notice blunder as period drama uses uPVC windows

Vanity Fair: Eagle-eyed fans notice blunder as period drama uses uPVC windows for title… as viewers complain about ‘authenticity’

It made its debut on Sunday night, receiving a mixed response from viewers.

And eagle-eyed Vanity Fair viewers have noticed a major blunder in the first episode after the period drama used a building with uPVC windows.

In the first advert break of the evening, the show focused on a row of buildings as it went to commercial and ‘Vanity Fair’ appeared on the screen.

Hold on…: Eagle-eyed Vanity Fair viewers have noticed a major blunder in the first episode after the period drama used a building with uPVC windows

Yet one eagle-eyed fan noticed that one of the buildings actually had uPVC windows, which weren’t invented or used at the time of when the show is set, 1848.


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Taking to Twitter, the viewer tweeted: ‘Um obviously I don’t wish to be pernickety but are those not UPVC windows in the ACTUAL OPENING TITLES ???? #VanityFair.’

To which several show watchers responded to the tweet, with other fans complaining about the ‘authenticity’ of the period drama.

Oh dear: In the first advert break of the evening, the show focused on a row of buildings as it went to commercial and ‘Vanity Fair’ appeared on the screen

Eagle-eyed fan: One fan noticed that one of the buildings actually had uPVC windows, which weren’t invented or used at the time of when the show is set, 1848

Despite airing their grievances about the inaccuracies and CGI being used, disgruntled show watchers couldn’t resist praising the talented cast, which include the likes of Suranne Jones, Martin Clunes, Robert Pugh and Michael Palin. 

One person tweeted: ‘So despite the pathetic attempts at recreating period London through CGI and misplaced modern mannerisms AND Miss Sharpe’s lack of red hair…. I can’t help but like ITV’s #VanityFair. Mainly down to the superb casting.’

A different user put: ‘#VanityFair attempt at period drama fail! Why is it that you can tell this is filmed in 21st century?!?! Because of 21st century mannerisms that would not be present or tolerated in the 19th century! Woeful.’

Another show watcher commented: ‘Enjoyed Vanity Fair because the cast all superb and love watching the completely convincing interaction between them. Some lapses from period authenticity but can suspend judgement of that because immersed in the excellent performances by ace actors. V watchable. Very enjoyable.’

Mixed reviews: To which several show watchers responded to the tweet, with other fans complaining about the ‘authenticity’ of the period drama

While a different fan put: ‘Had such high hopes for @ITV’s #VanityFair but.. CGI in a period drama?’

However, not all viewers were put off by the ‘period blunders’ and modern shooting techniques, and even called out complaining fans.

One person said: ‘The #VanityFair hashtag is full of period drama experts complaining about words/behaviour which don’t fit their idea of ‘olden days’. If they bothered to read the book they’d see it’s all right there. I shall just scroll on past and carry on enjoying it…’

London: Despite airing their grievances about the inaccuracies and CGI being used, disgruntled show watchers couldn’t resist praising the talented cast

Praise: However, not all viewers were put off by the ‘period blunders’ and modern shooting techniques, and even called out complaining fans

While another fan added: ‘So many miserable whingers complaining because #VanityFair isn’t behaving like a 19thC drama. It’s a fascinating 21stC interpretation & I’m loving it.’

MailOnline has contacted ITV for comment.  

The seven-part series has been adapted from the literary classic by William Makepeace Thackeray, which sees Becky Sharp attempt to integrate into English high society against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. 

Vanity Fair continues on Sundays at 9pm on ITV.  

Gripping period drama: The seven-part series sees Becky Sharp attempt to integrate into English high society against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars

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