A new family and their servants live at the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place in 1936.

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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)
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 Lord Halifax (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Pamela Holland / ... (4 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 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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This is a GREAT Program! Ignore the negative reviewers!!!
24 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Those that find fault in this program are either being too critical or stuck in the past. They want the original show, but that shows style was stuck in the TV world of 1974 and would not work today in 2010. The only reason I didn't give the new series a 10/10 was that Season 1 was only three episodes. I think the writers and producers were right to set the story in three settings (Upstairs, Downstairs, & the Events of the World both groups are effected by). I have learned more on England's pre-WW2 history from show than I did from the World @ War series. I won't give away any spoilers, but for those who haven't seen the whole series you will need some Kleenex for a scene involving Sir Hallam in the third episode, which caught me completely off-guard! For those who say 'Downton Abbey' is a better show is missing the point. They are BOTH great shows, but Downton Abbey takes place before WWI, like the original Upstairs /Downstairs series. This was 20 years before the new Upstairs/Downstairs and England after WWI mark the end of Edwardian English society and led to the changes seen in the new U/D series. Finally, I can't believe they are only going to give us 6 episodes for season #2 and not at least nine! Fortunately for those of us who LOVE the new series it has achieved great viewership rating and reviews so hopefully they will expand it in season three.


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