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)
Ian Barritt ...
 Dr. Gascoigne / ... (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Miss Whisset (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Ribbentrop (2 episodes, 2010)
Peter Stark ...
 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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Bird motifs are used throughout the 2010 series in the costumes, paintings decorating the sets, and on china and wallpaper patterns, to echo the bird theme employed in the three episode titles: "The Fledgling", "The Ladybird" and "The Cuckoo". See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 22 December 2010 (2010) See more »

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Modern adaptation fails
17 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anyone besides me notice that the recurrent theme of "Over the Rainbow" is not the version contemporaneous with the time period of the series? Not even a close imitation of Judy Garland. Else the series is worse than what passes as drama on American commercial networks ... at least there are no vampires or zombies. Just a slutty sister and a failed alcoholic recovery.

Characters are flat as a piece of paper. Percy is the only character that shows the turbulence of the age, but that is subsequently diminished by sex scandal and suicide. The cameo in the last episode of the autistic sister consoling the adulterous husband is a predictable device screenwriters use to provoke audience forgiveness.

Too bad the series put Miss Buck in a sanatorium. But that's what young screenwriters do to dispose of old themes that work.


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