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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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1977   1976   1975   1974   1972   1971  
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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 »

Also Known As:

Das Haus am Eaton Place See more »

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Runtime:

(68 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

For each episode the cast had eight days rehearsal outside the studio-in drafty halls, club gyms and even a rat-infested army barracks on King's Road, Chelsea. This was followed by two days in studio, one for setting up and fussing with their costumes and wigs and one for taping. Some of the more scholarly members enjoyed reading vintage copies of the London Times chosen to coincide with the date of the script. See more »

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Hamish and Dorothy Matthews' names are spelt Mathews in the credits of episode 3.11 and Matthews in episode 4.6 See more »

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Classy and just wonderful
18 January 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I love a good period drama, and Upstairs, Downstairs is that and more. Everything about it is wonderful, and it is also very classy and a delight to watch. The series looks sumptuous; the photography is marvellous while the locations, scenery and costumes are a delight to the eyes. The music is beautifully composed, the pace is warm and lively without being too rushed or draggy and the direction is always controlled. There is also the fabulous writing, the engrossing stories and the rich characters and their development. And the acting is great across the board, I personally do not think there is a weak link in the cast. All in all, this is a wonderful series and worth looking out for. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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