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Editor's NoteAs one of the most popular programs in British broadcasting history, London Weekend Television's drama UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS ran for five seasons, from 1971 through 1975. Its premise contrasted the day to day lives and relationships of the servants in a British manor with the elite residents of the home, during the Edwardian Era of World War I. Then, some 35 years later, a revival miniseries aired under the same title, which continues the story set forth by the original. The sequel takes place in 1936, at the same house, 165 Eaton Place. Six years have passed since the Bellamy family vacated, and as the program debuts, a new clan moves in - comprised of Sir Hallam (Ed Stoppard); his wife, Lady Agnes (Keeley Hawes); and Hallam's mother, Maud, Lady Holland (Eileen Atkins). Also on hand is a downstairs staff comprised of colorful and idiosyncratic characters including butler Mr. Pritchard (Adrian Scarborough), chauffeur Harry Spargo (Neil Jackson), and cook Mrs. Thackeray (Anne Reid). The 2010 UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS spans three feature-length episodes.
Upstairs Downstairs (2011) - DVD Review
By: Jack Goodstein Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 5/2/2011 2:56 PM
|The critically acclaimed sequel to the much beloved BBC series, Upstairs Downstairs, which ran in three parts on PBS is now available on DVD in a two-disc set including an exclusive DVD feature: "Upstairs Downstairs - Behind Closed Doors." Set in 1936, a year which saw three kings on the British throne, the series introduces a new family, the Hollands, to 165 Eaton Place. Rose Buck played by Jean Marsh one of the originators of the show, the only holdover from the original Downstairs staff, is working as an employment agent and she is hired to help the Hollands hire a new staff of servants. The first episode introduces all the new characters and begins to delineate the tensions and themes that are going to occupy the drama....read the full review|