Necrothesp

26th Jul 2015

Black Work (2015)

Show generally

Factual error: Detective Chief Inspector Kapoor is suddenly shown in uniform with inspector's rank insignia. Detectives never wear uniform (except rarely on formal occasions) and he has apparently dropped a rank.

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7th Jul 2015

Penny Dreadful (2014)

Above the Vaulted Sky - S2-E5

Factual error: Inspector Rusk uses the term "trope" in its modern meaning of a theme or motif. This usage did not come into vogue until the late 20th century; the first such usage recorded by the OED was in 1975. The series is set in the 1890s and the language used is generally that of the time.

Necrothesp

7th Jul 2015

Penny Dreadful (2014)

Season 2 generally

Factual error: Educated characters, including an eminent scholar, continually translate 'Lupus Dei' as 'Hound of God'. Even someone with the most basic Latin would know it actually means 'Wolf of God'.

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7th Jul 2015

Penny Dreadful (2014)

Above the Vaulted Sky - S2-E5

Factual error: Inspector Rusk lost an arm while serving in the army before he became a policeman. A one-armed man would never have been allowed to join the police in Victorian England - as today, all police officers had to join as uniformed constables and they had to be completely physically fit and able-bodied. Only the most senior officers (well above inspector) could join directly in a senior rank.

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6th Jul 2015

Penny Dreadful (2014)

6th Jul 2015

Penny Dreadful (2014)

Verbis Diablo - S2-E2

Factual error: Sir Malcolm tells Vanessa to wear a facemask when they go to minister to the poor as cholera is rife in the area. However, the series is set in the 1890s and it had been well-known since the 1850s that cholera was caused by contaminated food and water and not by airborne germs. As an educated man, Sir Malcolm is bound to know this.

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2nd Jul 2015

Byzantium (2012)

Plot hole: Ruthven is apparently bitter that he has been denied his chance of becoming an immortal vampire after Clara steals the map from him, which is why he attacks Eleanor. But why doesn't he just go to the island anyway? You don't need to be invited - Clara, Eleanor and Frank aren't. Having been there once, it seems highly unlikely he can't find it again - he's a naval captain, so navigation and observation are major professional skills for him. And it isn't hidden or magically protected - the local boatmen know where it is and are prepared to take people there, although they won't set foot on it themselves. He could quite easily have gone there without the map, entered the shrine and been turned into a vampire if that's what he wanted.

Necrothesp

21st Jun 2015

1864 (2014)

Show generally

Factual error: Helmuth von Moltke is addressed and referred to several times as Field Marshal. He wasn't promoted to that rank until 1871. He was a lieutenant-general during the Second Schleswig War in 1864.

Necrothesp

3rd Jun 2015

Casualty (1986)

14th May 2015

Death Proof (2007)

21st Apr 2015

The Devil's Rock (2011)

Factual error: Colonel Meyer's promotions are listed in his SS ID card as Hauptmann, Oberstleutnant and Oberst. Since the SS used a different ranking system from the Wehrmacht, they should actually be Hauptsturmführer, Obersturmbannführer and Standartenführer.

Necrothesp

21st Apr 2015

Pompeii (2014)

Factual error: There was no Roman law saying a gladiator had to be freed after a certain number of victories and no gladiator would have believed there was. It was entirely up to his owner whether or when he was freed.

Necrothesp

21st Apr 2015

Pompeii (2014)

Factual error: The people of Pompeii are frequently referred to as not being Roman citizens. They very definitely were Roman citizens with full rights. You didn't have to come from the actual City of Rome to be a Roman citizen, as is implied in this film.

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19th Apr 2015

Haven (2010)

Show generally

Factual error: The 1725 issue of 'The Haven Herald' used as part of every episode's title sequence is packed with errors. It is written in modern English, with some very modern turns of phrase (e.g. Had it with this town, get on with her life). The same paragraph appears twice. It is headed "Haven, Me." - Maine was part of Massachusetts until 1820 and the abbreviation was not commonly used at all until the 20th century. And it costs 2 cents - until 1793 British-style pounds, shillings and pence were used throughout America. Also, February 18th 1725 was a Sunday, not a Tuesday.

Necrothesp

17th Apr 2015

The Borgias (2011)

The Beautiful Deception - S2-E3

Factual error: Cardinal della Rovere says he wishes to join the Dominican Order instead of the Capuchin Order because the former's rule is stricter. In actual fact, the Capuchin rule is one of the strictest of all Roman Catholic orders, something which della Rovere would certainly have known.

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2nd Dec 2014

The Fall (2013)

Walk the Line - S2-E1

Factual error: Superintendent Gibson wears her Metropolitan Police uniform to the press conference. She is wearing a tie, but female officers in the Met instead wear a black and white cravat.

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15th Oct 2014

Sherlock (2010)

13th Oct 2014

Sherlock (2010)

The Sign of Three - S3-E3

Factual error: In "The Bloody Guardsman" case, Bainbridge, who is in the Welsh Guards, is referred to by everyone, including himself, as "Private Bainbridge." The Foot Guards use the rank of Guardsman instead of Private.

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7th Sep 2014

Homeland (2011)

Big Man in Tehran - S3-E11

Continuity mistake: When Brody is captured in the previous episode his head is completely shaved. This episode takes place no more than a few days later (it is actually implied that it is three days), but he now has a full head of hair.

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