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Upstairs, Downstairs (TV Series 1971–1975) Poster

(1971–1975)

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Some episodes from the first season are in black and white due to a union action by some of the technical staff in a dispute over pay.
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According to the captions in the opening credits of each episode, the various seasons of this series were set in the following years:
  • 1. November 1903 to June 1908


  • 2. 1908 to 1909


  • 3. 1912 to 1914


  • 4. 1914 to 1918


  • 5. 1919 to 1930


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The line drawings in the opening title sequence were taken from Edwardian editions of the British satirical magazine Punch.
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The title music, "The Edwardians", was specially composed for the series by Alexander Faris. Two different themes were used: a slower waltz-time theme, normally over the opening titles, and a faster jaunty polka theme over some of the end-credits, though the waltz theme was used for the end-credits of episodes that ended on a sombre note such as the news about the sinking of the Titanic. The polka theme was set to lyrics by Alfred Shaughnessy and sung as a bawdy song "What are we going to do with Uncle Arthur?" during a music hall act by Sarah (Pauline Collins) in the episode Upstairs, Downstairs: For Love of Love (1972).
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When Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins came up with the original idea for Upstairs Downstairs, they envisaged it as a comedy called Behind the Green Baize Door.
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David Langton (Richard Bellamy), Simon Williams (James Bellamy), Gordon Jackson (Hudson), Angela Baddeley (Mrs Bridges), Jean Marsh (Rose Buck), Christopher Beeny (Edward Barnes), Joan Benham (Lady Prudence Fairfax) and Raymond Huntley (Sir Geoffrey Dillon) are the only actors to appear in all five series.
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By season 3, 165 Eaton Place consisted of: 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, dressing room, dining room, drawing room, morning room, library, study, and another room which changed from gaming room to whatever the family needed.
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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.
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Jacqueline Tong (Daisy Peel Barnes) appeared in all thirteen episodes of the fourth season, making her the only regular cast member to appear in every episode of any season.
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Gordon Jackson (Hudson) appeared in 60 of the series' 68 episodes, more than any other actor. In second place is David Langton (Richard Bellamy), who appeared in a total of 56 episodes. The only other actors to appear in 50 or more episodes were Jean Marsh (Rose Buck) and Angela Baddeley (Mrs Bridges), who appeared in 54 and 52 episodes respectively.
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A LWT executive viewing the first season for the first time thought the show was a complete disaster and had no hope in the ratings. Consequently it was left on the shelf for several months and finally got its first ever screening after 10pm on a Sunday night in the UK.
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The fictitious address of the Bellamys' house is 165 Eaton Place. Filming took place in Eaton Place, though at number 65.
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David Langton (Richard Bellamy), Gordon Jackson (Hudson), Angela Baddeley (Mrs Bridges) and Jean Marsh (Rose Buck) are the only actors to appear in both the first and last episodes of the series.
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Coincidentally, Jean Marsh (Rose Buck), Simon Williams (James Bellamy) and Jenny Tomasin (Ruby Finch) all made guest appearances in Doctor Who (1963) in serials featuring the Daleks.
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A script for a proposed but ultimately unmade film adaptation is known to survive, dating from 1973/4.
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