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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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...  Lady Agnes Holland 9 episodes, 2010-2012
...  Sir Hallam Holland 9 episodes, 2010-2012
...  Mr. Warwick Pritchard / ... 9 episodes, 2010-2012
...  Harry Spargo 9 episodes, 2010-2012
...  Mrs. Clarice Thackeray / ... 9 episodes, 2010-2012
...  Lady Persephone Towyn / ... 9 episodes, 2010-2012
...  Mr. Amanjit Singh / ... 9 episodes, 2010-2012
...  The Duke of Kent 8 episodes, 2010-2012
...  Johnny Proude 8 episodes, 2010-2012
...  Beryl Ballard 6 episodes, 2012
Ami Metcalf ...  Eunice McCabe 6 episodes, 2012
...  Mrs. Rose Buck 5 episodes, 2010-2012
...  Dr. Blanche Mottershead 5 episodes, 2012
...  Lord Halifax 4 episodes, 2012
...  Pamela Holland / ... 4 episodes, 2010-2012
Alexia James ...  Lotte Perlmutter 4 episodes, 2010-2012
...  Maud, Lady Holland 3 episodes, 2010
...  Ivy Morris 3 episodes, 2010
...  Casper Landry / ... 3 episodes, 2012
...  Nanny Lyons 3 episodes, 2010-2012
...  Anthony Eden 3 episodes, 2010
Ian Barritt ...  Dr. Gascoigne / ... 2 episodes, 2010-2012
...  Miss Whisset 2 episodes, 2012
...  Ribbentrop 2 episodes, 2010
Peter Stark ...  Friedrich Erlichman 2 episodes, 2012
...  Mrs. Fuller / ... 2 episodes, 2012
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In 1936, Sir Hallam Holland and his pretty young wife Lady Agnes 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, herself a long-time servant in the Bellamy household, to find them a suitable staff. In the end, Rose herself 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 UK 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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Bird motifs are used throughout the 2010 series in the costumes, paintings decorating the sets, and on china and wallpaper patterns, to echo the bird theme employed in the three episode titles: "The Fledgling", "The Ladybird" and "The Cuckoo". See more »

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Actually I quite liked it
23 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

I watched Upstairs, Downstairs while suffering from "Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms" and was pleasantly surprised. If they do do another series, and I personally think they should, what they can improve on is perhaps make the episodes longer-and a little slower too so that we have a tad more room to breathe- so that the characters and situations can be developed a little more.

That said, I saw potential. It is not as good as Downton Abbey- which was one of the better programmes airing last year- or the original Upstairs, Downstairs which was full of class and elegance and still one of my favourites, but actually this was one of the more pleasantly surprising(if not perfect) programmes over the Christmas break. While not among the best(Eric and Ernie), it wasn't among the worst(Whistle and I'll Come to You).

As it was with DA and the original US/DS, the production values are wonderful. I always love a series with beautiful scenery, skillful photography and wondrous costumes and US/DS had plenty of those. The music is also pleasant and very well composed if sometimes overdone, the dialogue in general is good and flows well with some both humorous and poignant moments, the stories are interesting(the 3rd episode had the most heart) and the characters are likable.

I think the acting is quite good. I personally don't have a problem with Jean Marsh, and while I am not a Keeley Hawes fan strictly speaking I thought she was good and fitted in with the period more than adequately. Ed Stoppard, Claire Foy, Anne Reid and especially Eileen Atkins were even better though, and while he could have done with more to do I quite liked Art Malik too.

All in all, it wasn't perfect, if they bring it back I think it has potential to grow and be better, but even with its flaws I quite liked it. If it comes back though, please can it more than 3 episodes? 8/10 Bethany Cox


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