21 people from the 21st century are being brought together in an Edwardian Country House. 6 of them are the Upstairs family and the 15 others are the servants. For three months, these people have only the rulebook and each other...
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Tristan Aldrich ...
 Tristan / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Avril Anson ...
 Herself / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Ellen Beard ...
 Ellen / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Charlie Clay ...
 Charlie / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Rob Daly ...
 Rob / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Jean Davies ...
 Mrs. Davies / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Antonia Dawson ...
 Antonia / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Denis Dubiard ...
 Monsier Dubiard / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Hugh Edgar ...
 Mr. Edgar / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
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 Narrator (6 episodes, 2002)
Anna Olliff-Cooper ...
 Lady Olliff-Cooper / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Guy Olliff-Cooper ...
 Master Guy / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
John Olliff-Cooper ...
 Sir John / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Erika Ravitz ...
 Erika / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Jessica Rawlinson ...
 Jess / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Ken Skelton ...
 Kenny / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Rebecca Smith ...
 Becky / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Reji Raj ...
 Mr. Raj-Singh / ... (5 episodes, 2002)
Eva Morrison ...
 Miss Morrison / ... (4 episodes, 2002)
Jonty Olliff-Cooper ...
 Eldest Son / ... (4 episodes, 2002)
Lucy Garside ...
 Lucy (2 episodes, 2002)
Eva Morisson ...
 Lady's Maid (2 episodes, 2002)
Kelly Squires ...
 Kelly (2 episodes, 2002)
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21 people from the 21st century are being brought together in an Edwardian Country House. 6 of them are the Upstairs family and the 15 others are the servants. For three months, these people have only the rulebook and each other...

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There's a Place for Everyone ... And Everyone Better Know Their Place.


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[regarding Edwardian society]
Mister Edgar - the Butler: Without truth, society is sick, and it can't really survive. And it was swept away.
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Referenced in Upstairs Downstairs: The Ladybird (2010) See more »

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Entertaining and educational series
8 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

In 2001, a group of volunteers entered a grand Scottish estate and assumed the roles of masters and servants; they lived in complete compliance with 1905 rules and standards for three months. The family that became the Lord and Lady of the house had an unimagined glimpse into a world of power and luxury while the downstairs folk experienced the depths of despair as marginalized servants.

This was the best of the excellent "House" reality series; its success was due to the dedication of those in the cast whose eyes were opened to the perks and horrors of strict Edwardian life. We watch as the master's family pursues the ease of the very wealthy, riding, entertaining, and being coddled and pampered. The servants, however, endure backbreaking and soul-killing labor, under the watchful eye of the superb butler. Even their personal conversations were limited and structured by strict etiquette.

I was completely engrossed as the cast dealt with loneliness, forged friendships, and overcame adversity without the aid of modern conveniences; I felt their anxiety under pressure, relief at the simplest pleasure, and I sobbed at their misery. The last day was especially moving as each participant appeared in modern clothes for the first time and took their happy, or in some cases, very sad farewell of the house.

Highly recommended for history fans.


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