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Upstairs, Downstairs 

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The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.
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Series cast summary:
Gordon Jackson ...  Hudson 60 episodes, 1971-1975
David Langton ...  Richard Bellamy 56 episodes, 1971-1975
Jean Marsh ...  Rose 54 episodes, 1971-1975
Angela Baddeley ...  Mrs. Bridges 53 episodes, 1971-1975
Christopher Beeny ...  Edward 46 episodes, 1971-1975
Jenny Tomasin ...  Ruby 41 episodes, 1972-1975
Simon Williams ...  James Bellamy 38 episodes, 1971-1975
Jacqueline Tong ...  Daisy Peel 32 episodes, 1973-1975
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Storyline

The series follows the lives of both the family and the servants in the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place. Richard Bellamy, the head of the household, is a member of Parliament, and his wife a member of the titled aristocracy. Belowstairs, Hudson, the Scottish butler directs and guides the other servants about their tasks and (sometimes) their proper place. Real-life events from 1903-1930 are incorporated into the stories of the Bellamy household. Written by Kathy Li

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

6 January 1974 (USA) See more »

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Das Haus am Eaton Place See more »

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Runtime:

(68 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.33 : 1
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the finest thing that has ever been on television
15 June 2006 | by lewis-51See all my reviews

My wife and I are just starting the fifth and last season. Last fall we started going through all the episodes on DVD in order. We do around 3 per week.

I never saw the series in the 1970s, though I heard of it. Some time in the mid 80s the local PBS station in New York showed most of them in order, a couple per week. I was absolutely enthralled. It's been about 20 years so we decided to have another look.

They absolutely stand up well. Better than well. I will emphatically repeat the judgment I made twenty years ago: this series is the finest thing that has ever been on television.

Yes, I know, you can't compare "apples and oranges" like that. I suppose the single ONE best thing that's ever been on television (in the sense of a one day or briefer event) in my experience was the moon landing in July 1969.

Still, in spite of that, all in all, if I had to pick, Upstairs-Downstairs is the best PROGRAM that has ever been on television. Far and away. If you are new to it, I envy you. I am already mourning the last episode, which I will see again in a few weeks at most. My only consolation is that in twenty years, I can watch it all again.


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