Upstairs Downstairs (2010– )

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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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A look at the life of an aristocratic family and their servants living in a London townhouse in the early part of the 20th century. Based on the British series from the 1970s.

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 Lady Agnes Holland (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Sir Hallam Holland (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Mr. Warwick Pritchard / ... (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Harry Spargo (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Mrs. Clarice Thackeray / ... (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Lady Persephone Towyn / ... (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Mr. Amanjit Singh / ... (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 The Duke of Kent (8 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Johnny Proude (8 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Beryl Ballard (6 episodes, 2012)
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 Eunice McCabe (6 episodes, 2012)
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 Mrs. Rose Buck (5 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Dr. Blanche Mottershead (5 episodes, 2012)
Ken Bones ...
 Lord Halifax (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Pamela Holland / ... (4 episodes, 2010-2012)
Alexia James ...
 Lotte Perlmutter (4 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Maud, Lady Holland (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Ivy Morris (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Casper Landry / ... (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Nanny Lyons (3 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Anthony Eden (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Dr. Gascoigne / ... (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Miss Whisset (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Ribbentrop (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Friedrich Erlichman (2 episodes, 2012)
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 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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Unlike the real Eaton Place, the street in Leamington Spa where the Eaton Place exteriors are filmed has houses on one side of the street only (there is a small park on the facing side). For this reason, most shots have to be carefully framed to show one side of the street only. The occasional wide establishing shot is blended in post production with a reverse angle shot of the same row of houses so that the street appears to have houses on both sides. See more »

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Episode 2 "Ladybird" continues the disappointment
10 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The mickey-mouse music scoring is even more annoying than in the first episode. The writing is fragmented. The characters are poorly drawn and of far less interest than in the original series. The situations in this episode are either overly sentimental or extremely melodramatic. The handling of the fascism material is pure exploitation.

There is no sense of "upstairs downstairs". There is no sense of the servants as a cohesive group. If there is any director or direction in this episode, I can't find it. Had this been the first outing of the series, it would have been canceled after a few episodes. I really can't find any more in this than in any run-of-the-mill soap-opera produced in the United States, except that the producers here have more money to spend.

If the next episode isn't much better, I doubt I would bother to watch any more episodes if the series becomes a regular offering on PBS.

Lastly, my PBS station (KOCE TV Channel 50) in Southern California has an unnecessarily large logo always on display in the lower-right of the frame and frequently puts up animated computer graphics across the lower 20% of the screen with the words "PBS Masterpiece" and "Upstairs Downstairs" -- an annoying, distracting and useless intrusion.


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