The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.
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Series cast summary:
 Hudson (60 episodes, 1971-1975)
 Richard Bellamy (56 episodes, 1971-1975)
 Rose (54 episodes, 1971-1975)
 Mrs. Bridges (53 episodes, 1971-1975)
 Edward (46 episodes, 1971-1975)
 Ruby (41 episodes, 1972-1975)
 James Bellamy (38 episodes, 1971-1975)
 Daisy Peel (32 episodes, 1973-1975)


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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Release Date:

6 January 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Haus am Eaton Place  »

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(68 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rachel Gurney loathed her character (Lady Marjorie) and was written out of the series at her own request. This was achieved by having her make a journey to Canada on the ill-fated maiden voyage of Titanic. See more »


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


Edward Barnes, footman: Arabella? That's a COW'S name!
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.193 (2006) See more »

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Classy and just wonderful
18 January 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – 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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