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Upstairs, Downstairs

(DVD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Upstairs, Downstairs
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One of the most loved television series of all time is brought back to life with a fresh cast. It's 1936, and six years since parlor maid Rose left 165 Eaton Place, when fate brings her back as housekeeper to its new owners: Sir Hallam, his wife Lady Agnes, and Maud, Lady Holland, his mother. Rose soon finds she has her work cut out as she recruits a new 'downstairs' family to help run the elegance and finery of the 'upstairs' world.
Title: Upstairs, downstairs
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Publisher: [United States] : British Broadcasting Corporation : Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video Ltd., c2011
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (180 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: written and created by Heidi Thomas ; directed by Euros Lyn and Saul Metzstein
Notes: Title from container
Release date: Apr. 26, 2011
Exclusive features: Behind closed doors
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Contents: The fledgling
The ladybird
The cuckoo
Summary: One of the most loved television series of all time is brought back to life with a fresh cast. It's 1936, and six years since parlor maid Rose left 165 Eaton Place, when fate brings her back as housekeeper to its new owners: Sir Hallam, his wife Lady Agnes, and Maud, Lady Holland, his mother. Rose soon finds she has her work cut out as she recruits a new 'downstairs' family to help run the elegance and finery of the 'upstairs' world.
ISBN: 0780670507
9780780670501
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama UPSTAIRS
Performers: Eileen Atkins, Jean Marsh, Keeley Hawes, Ed Stoppard.
System Details: DVD, region 1; NTSC; Dolby digital; widescreen 16:9 enhanced
Other Language: Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing
Subject Headings: Social classes England London Drama Household employees England London Drama London (England) Social life and customs Drama Aristocracy (Social class) England London Drama
Genre/Form: Television series
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Social classes
Household employees
Aristocracy (Social class)
Publisher No: 1000177642 British Broadcasting Corporation
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One of the most loved television series of all time is brought back to life with a fresh cast. It's 1936 with fascism on the rise and parlor maid, Rose, needs to create a new "downstairs" family to help run the elegance of the "upstairs" world.


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Feb 05, 2014
  • ashleysears rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have never watched the tv show. But I watch both dvd's in thiss, and I was sucked in. I loved it, I wanted more of it at the ending. Excellent.

Sep 17, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A fine and involving period soap melodrama, based on the good old upperclass family contrasted and interacting with the servants theme.

Sep 05, 2013
  • Durrecj rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding! This is a well loved series that has truly captivated my heart with superb acting, subject mater, action, plot, scenery. I love the and wide range of personalities and human behaviors represented. I am hoping for a Season 3. This series is a far better one than Downton Abbey.

Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found it completely absorbing. I loved the ambiance of the '30s accoutrements; the references to historical events (Edward VIII's renouncing of the throne, British 'Blackshirt' fascists, etc.); the cast... Especially the cast. Jean Marsh as the reserved and returning Rose, and Eileen Atkins as the meddling mother-in-law with a monkey; both of whom contributed as co-writers for this series, and also co-created the original iconic '70s drama. Art Malik as the big-hearted Mr. Amanjit; the overly-emotional Ivy -- the list goes on. A terrific production that's unfortunately only got one more season for me to proceed to. FIVE STARS.

Entertaining. A few unnecessary scenes. Watch this if you like Upstairs downstairs or Downton Abbey.

Absolutely love it. What a shame that there will be no Series 3. Producers say that Downton Abbey has snatched all the viewers.

Sep 28, 2012
  • rslade rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I can see how it would have been good for its time, but it hasn't really aged well. A forerunner of the prime-time "soaps."

Aug 23, 2012
  • ReadingWriter rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Being a big fan of the original series when it aired, I was a little wary of this new one. I didn't need to worry. I loved it. This series is not a remake, but takes place with new characters moving into 165 Eaton Place. New characters, except for one! It was wonderful to see Rose again, and her scenes were very well done. The show incorporated just the right amount of nostalgia, while still focusing on the new characters. These characters are fully-realized people. Just when I thought I could safely dislike someone, the writers gave that person a background that helped me understand why they acted the way they did. The storylines are well-integrated into the political and social atmosphere of the day. Highly recommended.

Jul 15, 2012
  • LaimaA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable and well made miniseries. Keeley Hawes is charming in everything she does and I love Ed Stoppard.

Mar 29, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

We enjoyed the 1 season and hoped for season 2. I particularly liked the way the German socialists (aka nazi) were shown—as the cold fanatics they were. My problem is Rose. This series starts 6 years after the last occupants of the house left; yet, Rose looks like she aged 30 years. (The old series was done on the 70’s, so the actress actually did age; but way over the 6 years of the story!)

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