Upstairs Downstairs, Series 1
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One of the most loved television series of all time is brought back to life in a sumptuous production with a fresh new cast. It's 1936, and six years since parlourmaid Rose left 165 Eaton Place, fate brings her back, as housekeeper to its new owners: Sir Hallam and 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, but in both, it soon becomes apparent there lies a labyrinth of secrets, lies and scandal. Drama starring Dame Eileen Atkins, Keeley Hawes, Ed Stoppard and Claire Foy.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Fledgling||It is January 1936, and diplomat Sir Hallam and Lady Agnes Holland move into Eaton Place, closely followed by his widowed mother and her wayward sister. But they also need a full serving staff, for which Lady Agnes turns to an agency run by none other than Rose Buck, who used to work at the house.||1:00:50||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoThe Ladybird||It is five months since the Hollands moved into Eaton Place, and Rose is officially installed as housekeeper, while Lady Agnes has manoeuvred the house to the centre of London society. But storm clouds are gathering in Europe, and Lady Persie falls under the spell of Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists.||59:37||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Cuckoo||Lady Persie's life has become increasingly complex, as she continues her illicit affair and pursues her right-wing political interests with little regard of the potential danger to those she loves. Meanwhile, Lady Agnes prepares for motherhood by having her picture taken by celebrated photographer Cecil Beaton and Sir Hallam finds himself dragged into the abdication crisis facing the monarchy.||1:00:46||£1.89||View in iTunes|
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I thoroughly enjoyed this series and thought that the quality of both the acting and the storylines was great! However it did seem a little slow at first but once it got going I was very impressed. At first I wondered how they were going to manage to finish the storyline in just three episodes but I was very satisfied at the end of the last episode and thought they finished it really well! I hope they bring out another series (longer this time) very soon!
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I really enjoyed this, good story line once it gets going. I had read in the newspaper reviews how Downton Abbey had been more of a success, but I think it is important to not expect Upstairs Downstairs to be Downton Abbey 2, if you watch with this mind set you will enjoy it for what is.
It helps if you have seen the 1970's version of Upstairs Downstairs so you can really get a feel of the story however, I enjoyed it the first time without seeing the series purely because of my love of costume and period drama. I recommend this series and look forward to the new one which is apparently in the making. I also love Downton Abbey which will be on our tv screens this September.