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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:
...  Hudson 60 episodes, 1971-1975
...  Richard Bellamy 56 episodes, 1971-1975
...  Rose 54 episodes, 1971-1975
...  Mrs. Bridges 53 episodes, 1971-1975
...  Edward 46 episodes, 1971-1975
...  Ruby 41 episodes, 1972-1975
...  James Bellamy 38 episodes, 1971-1975
...  Daisy Peel 32 episodes, 1973-1975
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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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6 January 1974 (USA)  »

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Das Haus am Eaton Place  »

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The plot called for a scene at Charing Cross Station, circa 1914, to show wounded troops returning from the front lines, the crew found ingenious solutions. Marylebone Station substituted for Charing Cross, which was too modern. The modern signs and posters were taken down or covered up with replicas of 1914-1918 posters we bought at the Imperial War Museum. An old newspaper and confectionery kiosk were built and dummy gas-lamps installed. A plywood engine was stuck on the front of the first carriage, while a modern diesel engine did the pushing from behind, well out of camera range. Apparently one lady who was visiting the set fainted when she saw all the bloody corpses. 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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Edward Barnes, footman: Arabella? That's a COW'S name!
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the finest thing that has ever been on television
15 June 2006 | by See 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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