Upstairs Downstairs (2010)
Tuesday 25th January 2011
Iconic period drama Upstairs Downstairs returns to our screens in a sumptuous new adaptation starring a stunning cast as well as original cast members and creators Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins. This elegant new series arrives on BBC DVD from 7th February 2011 from 2entertain.
Upstairs Downstairs was one of the most loved television series of the 1970s winning countless awards, including seven Emmys, two Baftas and a Golden Globe. In this new series, we return to 165 Eaton Place six years after the end of the original series when a new family move in. Creator Jean Marsh (who reprises her role as steadfast servant Rose), and Dame Eileen Atkins, who plays Maud, return with a stellar cast, including Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes), Ed Stoppard (The Pianist) and Claire Foy (Little Dorrit). Written by Heidi Thomas (Cranford) together with a talented production team including Euros Lyn (Sherlock, Dr Who) and Saul Metzstein (Micro Men), this much loved series has been brought back to life with beautiful production values and gripping storylines, lifting the curtain on a historical era.
In the summer of 1930, the Bellamy family left its home in London's Belgravia forever. In the empty house, loyal parlour maid Rose Buck reflected on its ghosts, its history, loves and lives it had contained. Closing the door for the final time, she walked away leaving a piece of her heart behind her. In 1936, a twist of fate brings Rose back to 165 Eaton Place, as a housekeeper to its new owners: Sir Hallam and his wife Lady Agnes, and his mother Maud, Lady Holland. But in the years leading up to the Second World War, times are changing and servants are no longer cheap and obedient; Rose soon finds she has her work cut out as she recruits a 'downstairs' family to help run the elegance and finery of the 'upstairs' world.
- Exclusive behind the scenes featurette