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Upstairs, Downstairs 

The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.
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The series follows the lives of both the family and the servants in the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place. Richard Bellamy, the head of the household, is a member of Parliament, and his wife a member of the titled aristocracy. Belowstairs, Hudson, the Scottish butler directs and guides the other servants about their tasks and (sometimes) their proper place. Real-life events from 1903-1930 are incorporated into the stories of the Bellamy household. Written by Kathy Li

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The show was amongst the first major British television dramas to shoot ( where practicable)location scenes on videotape rather than on 16mm film, as was the required convention in British tv at the time. This, however was not necessarily as straightforward as it might seem, as it involved taking a large outside broadcast unit to the location and the early portable video cameras and lenses were variable in picture quality, to say the least. It did however allow a consistency of image throughout the whole episode, rather than the sometimes jarring effect of jumping to the very different look and feel of 16mm film for certain scenes. See more »

Goofs

Hamish and Dorothy Matthews' names are spelt Mathews in the credits of episode 3.11 and Matthews in episode 4.6 See more »

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Edward Barnes, footman: Arabella? That's a COW'S name!
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Classy and just wonderful
18 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I love a good period drama, and Upstairs, Downstairs is that and more. Everything about it is wonderful, and it is also very classy and a delight to watch. The series looks sumptuous; the photography is marvellous while the locations, scenery and costumes are a delight to the eyes. The music is beautifully composed, the pace is warm and lively without being too rushed or draggy and the direction is always controlled. There is also the fabulous writing, the engrossing stories and the rich characters and their development. And the acting is great across the board, I personally do not think there is a weak link in the cast. All in all, this is a wonderful series and worth looking out for. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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