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Upstairs Downstairs 

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A new family and their servants live at the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place in 1936.

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Series cast summary:
Keeley Hawes ...  Lady Agnes Holland 9 episodes, 2010-2012
Ed Stoppard ...  Sir Hallam Holland 9 episodes, 2010-2012
Adrian Scarborough ...  Mr. Warwick Pritchard / ... 9 episodes, 2010-2012
Neil Jackson ...  Harry Spargo 9 episodes, 2010-2012
Anne Reid ...  Mrs. Clarice Thackeray / ... 9 episodes, 2010-2012
Claire Foy ...  Lady Persephone Towyn / ... 9 episodes, 2010-2012
Art Malik ...  Mr. Amanjit Singh / ... 9 episodes, 2010-2012
Blake Ritson ...  The Duke of Kent 8 episodes, 2010-2012
Nico Mirallegro ...  Johnny Proude 8 episodes, 2010-2012
Laura Haddock ...  Beryl Ballard 6 episodes, 2012
Ami Metcalf ...  Eunice McCabe 6 episodes, 2012
Jean Marsh ...  Mrs. Rose Buck 5 episodes, 2010-2012
Alex Kingston ...  Dr. Blanche Mottershead 5 episodes, 2012
Ken Bones ...  Lord Halifax 4 episodes, 2012
Sarah Gordy ...  Pamela Holland / ... 4 episodes, 2010-2012
Alexia James Alexia James ...  Lotte Perlmutter 4 episodes, 2010-2012
Eileen Atkins ...  Maud, Lady Holland 3 episodes, 2010
Ellie Kendrick ...  Ivy Morris 3 episodes, 2010
Michael Landes ...  Casper Landry / ... 3 episodes, 2012
Jemma Churchill ...  Nanny Lyons 3 episodes, 2010-2012
Anthony Calf ...  Anthony Eden 3 episodes, 2010
Ian Barritt ...  Dr. Gascoigne / ... 2 episodes, 2010-2012
Sarah Lancashire ...  Miss Whisset 2 episodes, 2012
Edward Baker-Duly ...  Ribbentrop 2 episodes, 2010
Peter Stark Peter Stark ...  Friedrich Erlichman 2 episodes, 2012
Lucy Cohu ...  Mrs. Fuller / ... 2 episodes, 2012
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In 1936, Sir Hallam Holland and his pretty young wife Lady Agnes return from a diplomatic posting abroad and take up residence at 165 Eaton Place, formerly the home of the Bellamy family but vacant for several years. By chance, they ask Rose Buck, herself a long-time servant in the Bellamy household, to find them a suitable staff. In the end, Rose herself joins them as the Housekeeper. The 1930s are a difficult time in England. The Depression has taken its toll with high levels of unemployment. Fascism, which has become popular on the Continent in Italy and Germany, is also finding followers in the UK with Oswald Mosely's British Union of Fascists. As the new staff begin their daily work, the downstairs family begins to take shape. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 2010 (UK) See more »

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Upstairs Downstairs See more »

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Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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It was confirmed on 21 April 2012 that Upstairs Downstairs would not be returning for a third series. See more »

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Acting generally mediocre, Keeley Hawes is an exception
19 July 2011 | by clotblasterSee all my reviews

The real problem with the three episodes that were aired and I viewed is the fact that there was uncertainty about whether there would actually be more than 3 episodes. This three episode alleged season had to be produced assuming that there would be more than just three episodes of this sequel to Up/Down. Hence, things were rushed, the show seemed incoherent much of the time, and there was some uncertainty about how to develop plot lines and characters. This might excuse some of the problems with the first 3 episodes. That being said, I thought the show was weak--it only came alive when K. Hawes was on the screen, a flaming firework in a cast of mostly duds. Ms. Hawes has charisma and subtlety-- e.g.,in a rather dull role as a pathologist in the first Murdoch Mystery series (she appeared in two of the three episodes in this truncated series), she played her part as it was written and her obvious sensuality was kept under wraps. Still, she performed admirably. In Up/D she shows great promise. The Indian character was forced, unrealistic and was undoubtedly part of the show for diversity's sake. This show has been compared to Downton Abby. I thought D. Abby was boring with a script that would trip up Olivier. The new Up/Down, if it continues (I understand that only six more episodes have been ordered--which is hardly reassuring)seems to me to show little promise. The first Up/Down is iconic and was on for many episodes and those who compare the new version to the old are being unfair. As it stands, I would suggest watching or re-watching The Duchess of Duke Street, The Pallisers, The House of Eliot and Bramwell for quality, period multi-episode shows. There are others of course. For the record, the first Upstairs Downstairs has always been overrated. I just finished watching three seasons and I was underwhelmed to the max.


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