Nick Cooper 625 wrote: For the sake of the character in question, we could maybe overlook the conceit of it being a Scottish regiment that would never recruit south of the border, let alone in London, but then sticking on it a picture of an American soldier (and others in the background) wielding an American rifle is beyond sloppy
But as with the rivet-counters complaining about inaccuracies in Titanic dramas, you have a depth of specialist knowledge that most people don't have and, to be absolutely blunt, don't care about.
For myself, the one and only thing that I would ever pick up on with that poster would be the spelling of "honour". That's it. I have no interest in the military, so it wouldn't even begin to occur to me that that regiment would never recruit outside Scotland, nor would I have any idea that it's an American soldier and rifle in the photo. I would say that would go for 99% of viewers in the UK, and probably nearer 100% outside it. And now that I *do* know... it doesn't bother me in the slightest.
There does come a point when demands for accuracy go beyond the reasonable and end up in green-ink territory. A WW2 drama where British soldiers were using American rifles, yes, I'd agree that that would be unacceptable, even though I wouldn't know unless it was actively pointed out to me. But a poster used as background set-dressing that most viewers wouldn't give more than a cursory glance? Sorry, I can't see that it's worth anything more than a chuckle and an eye-roll.
I should point out that I've contributed a fair number of factual inaccuracies and anachronisms to IMDb over the years, so I have an interest in pointing them out, but none of them actually annoy me.
the tale is anecdotal but staff at the Bluebell are always on hand to advise which engines or carriages would be the correct ones for the period being depicted; the reply is that the production team want the ones that look nicest. Style over substance?
Absolutely, it's pretty much always been in the way in cinema and television, and I'll quite happily put my hand up. If spotting an anachronism relies on specialist knowledge that only a tiny fraction of the audience is going to possess, I'm not going to let the facts get in the way of shooting the best-looking scene possible, unless it's something I personally care about. To be quite honest, I think I'd probably enjoy knowing that train buffs would be spluttering into their weak lemon drink.