Upstairs Downstairs: Season 2, Episode 5

The Last Waltz (4 Nov. 2012)

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With war inevitable and her marriage in ruins, Lady Agnes takes her children to the countryside, leaving her husband to carry on with her sister, in an affair which soon becomes noticed ... See full summary »

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With war inevitable and her marriage in ruins, Lady Agnes takes her children to the countryside, leaving her husband to carry on with her sister, in an affair which soon becomes noticed downstairs. Harry and Beryl get engaged and plan to emigrate to America, though Beryl almost backs out when she learns of her boyfriend's fling with Persie. Harry blackmails Sir Hallam into giving him the money for the passage in return for keeping quiet about his affair with Persie. Pritchard forms a romance with lady's-maid Violet Whisset when they are chosen to organize the annual servants' ball, but she rejects him on learning that he was a conscientious objector in the Great War. Later, a returning Lady Agnes finds Pritchard ill with drink and emotional on the area steps. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Lady Persephone Towyn: It's a desperate matter when the clock can't turn back.
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No wonder some actors wanted out - really, really downhill storytelling
5 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

I loved the original "Upstairs Downstairs" as well as so many other wonderful British miniseries on PBS through the years. But this incarnation of UD was lukewarm to begin with and has steadily gone downhill. I was so disgusted by the plot and characters in this episode (along with the downhill slide of plot development and characters in the preceding episodes) that I will probably choose to view more of the original series on Netflix or Amazon Instant Video instead of ever watching this series again.

It feels like the production staff gave up and threw every disgusting thing they could at the wall (like spaghetti) to see if anything would stick. BBC seems to have gone completely off the rails and ruined many shows with the possibility of being something new, fresh, exciting, and innovative. I love what I have seen of "Vexed", but Season 2 was effectively buried by broadcasting it against the Olympics. I will be buying the DVD box set of "Vexed" as soon as I can legally purchase it in the US. I will NOT be buying either season of the UD reboot.

BBC/CPB/PBS - Get great writers back on staff and give production teams the budget to develop anew the wonderful storytelling that you have been so successful at in the past. Don't just be crass and disgusting, but nurture wit and resonating human characters and struggles.


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