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Upstairs Downstairs 

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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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Series cast summary:
Keeley Hawes ...  Lady Agnes Holland 9 episodes, 2010-2012
Ed Stoppard ...  Sir Hallam Holland 9 episodes, 2010-2012
Adrian Scarborough ...  Mr. Warwick Pritchard / ... 9 episodes, 2010-2012
Neil Jackson ...  Harry Spargo 9 episodes, 2010-2012
Anne Reid ...  Mrs. Clarice Thackeray 9 episodes, 2010-2012
Claire Foy ...  Lady Persephone Towyn / ... 9 episodes, 2010-2012
Art Malik ...  Mr. Amanjit Singh / ... 9 episodes, 2010-2012
Blake Ritson ...  The Duke of Kent 8 episodes, 2010-2012
Nico Mirallegro ...  Johnny Proude 7 episodes, 2010-2012
Laura Haddock ...  Beryl Ballard 6 episodes, 2012
Ami Metcalf ...  Eunice McCabe 6 episodes, 2012
Jean Marsh ...  Mrs. Rose Buck 5 episodes, 2010-2012
Alex Kingston ...  Dr. Blanche Mottershead 5 episodes, 2012
Ken Bones ...  Lord Halifax 4 episodes, 2012
Sarah Gordy ...  Pamela Holland / ... 4 episodes, 2010-2012
Alexia James Alexia James ...  Lotte Perlmutter 4 episodes, 2010-2012
Eileen Atkins ...  Maud, Lady Holland 3 episodes, 2010
Ellie Kendrick ...  Ivy Morris 3 episodes, 2010
Michael Landes ...  Casper Landry / ... 3 episodes, 2012
Jemma Churchill ...  Nanny Lyons 3 episodes, 2010-2012
Anthony Calf ...  Anthony Eden 3 episodes, 2010
Ian Barritt ...  Dr. Gascoigne / ... 2 episodes, 2010-2012
Sarah Lancashire ...  Miss Whisset 2 episodes, 2012
Edward Baker-Duly ...  Ribbentrop 2 episodes, 2010
Peter Stark Peter Stark ...  Friedrich Erlichman 2 episodes, 2012
Lucy Cohu ...  Mrs. Fuller / ... 2 episodes, 2012


In 1936, Sir Hallam Holland (Ed Stoppard) and his pretty young wife Lady Agnes (Keeley Hawes) 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 (Jean Marsh), a long-time servant in the Bellamy household, to find them a suitable staff. In the end, Rose 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 U.K. 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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Disjointed and in search of a story
30 April 2011 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

I'm too young to have seen the original, 1970s UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS but I understand this three-part miniseries is supposed to be a continuation of the same story/situation. It was broadcast by the BBC on three consecutive nights, beginning Boxing Day 2010.

Many naysayers remarked that this series was hurriedly conceived to cash in on the success of ITV's rival drama, DOWNTON ABBEY. Having seen some episodes of DOWNTON, I have to admit that it's vastly superior to what we have here. In terms of character interaction alone, DOWNTON wins hands down because UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS never for a moment features the kind of master-servant interaction you'd expect from the title.

The two classes lead totally separate lives and involved in pretty much unconnected story lines. Downstairs, there's a rebellious maid who wears nail polish and a butler who used to work on a cruise ship. Upstairs, dead-eyed Keeley Hawes is pregnant and her younger sister's a bit of a tearaway. That's it in terms of decent plotting.

The characters are dull and because the cast is so large we never get a feel for any of them, so decent actors like Art Malik are wasted while others go through the motions. There's a whiff of political correctness in the air and things only pick up later on with the introduction of a back plot involving the rise of Oswald Mosley and his blackshirts, but again that has little to do with the premise of the show. A bit of a missed opportunity, then, and another example of the BBC's desperate attempts to make money.

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