Saturday, April 9

Upstairs, Downstairs...



As a child, I can remember my parents popping us into bed in time to tune into the airing of Upstairs, Downstairs. In my teen years, my parents bought the dvds and we all watched the episodes with great interest. Sunday night, PBS brings back Upstairs, Downstairs in three parts, continuing where the series in the 1970's left off:

When the master of 165 Eaton Place, Sir Hallam Holland, carries his wife across the threshold of their new home, Lady Agnes exclaims with pleasure, "What a ghastly old mausoleum!" Neglect has strewn cobwebs everywhere and furred the surfaces with dust. But with a sumptuous renovation and the help of the indomitable housekeeper Rose Buck (Jean Marsh), the iconic address so beloved in the original series Upstairs Downstairs
is soon restored to its former glory.

It's 1936, a tumultuous time in Britain, and within the walls of 165 Eaton Place, characters from an orphanage, a damp Welsh castle, the heart of the British Raj and elsewhere together will face a changing world, not just upstairs and downstairs, but side by side. Written by Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Madame Bovary), Upstairs Downstairs stars co-creators of the original series Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins (Cranford, Bertie and Elizabeth). Also starring are Ed Stoppard (Any Human Heart), Keeley Hawes (Wives and Daughters), and Claire Foy (Little Dorrit).

Remember, you can watch online!


6 comments:

Gae said...

Is this something the teens can watch or even younger children.
We like to watch things as a family
Thanks
Blessings
Gae

Kate said...

My husband and I are a fan of Britcoms. I've heard of this one, but I've never seen it. I'll have to give it a go.

Mat. Emily said...

I am not sure about the one that is airing tomorrow night. The one from the 70's has a few instances of adult themes (sexuality, pregnancy out of wedlock, etc.), but it is handled in a delicate way (from what I remember).

Michelle M. said...

Thanks for sharing this. I've already set the DVR :)

Maria said...

I just heard a story on this on NPR and thought it sounded like something I could really enjoy. With your recommendation I think I'll check it out!

Sara Savel said...

I used to watch "Upstairs, Downstairs" re-runs on the CBC on week days after school. (We get Canadian television as we're right across the border). So thrilled there is another installment.

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