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Upstairs Downstairs

Series One
(DVD - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Upstairs Downstairs
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The lives of both the family and the servants in the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place are followed. Upstairs lives Richard Bellamy, the head of the household, and also a member of Parliament. His wife is a member of the titled aristocracy. Downstairs is Hudson, the Scottish butler who directs and guides the other servants concerning their tasks and proper places.
Statement of Responsibility: series created by Sagitta Productions in association with Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins ; written by Fay Weldon ... [et al.] ; directed by Raymond Menmuir ... [et al.] ; produced by John Hawkesworth
Title: Upstairs downstairs
Series one
[videorecording]
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Acorn Media, [2011]
Edition: 40th anniversary ed
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (650 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Videodisc release of the 1971-1972 television series
Special features: the making of Upstairs, downstairs part 1; episode commentaries; alternate pilot episode
Contents: Disc 1. On trial
The mistress and the maids
Board wages. Disc 2. The path of duty
A suitable marriage
Magic casements
A cry for help. Disc 3. I dies from love
Why is her door locked?
A voice from the past. Disc 4. The Swedish tiger
The key of the door
For love of love
Performers: Angela Baddeley, David Langton, Gordon Jackson, Jean Marsh, Nicola Pagett, Pauline Collins.
Summary: The lives of both the family and the servants in the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place are followed. Upstairs lives Richard Bellamy, the head of the household, and also a member of Parliament. His wife is a member of the titled aristocracy. Downstairs is Hudson, the Scottish butler who directs and guides the other servants concerning their tasks and proper places.
Audience: Not rated
System Details: DVD, full screen (4:3); Dolby Digital
DVD, full screen (4:3); Dolby Digital
DVD
Other Language: In English with optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
Subject Headings: Social classes England London Drama Aristocracy (Social class) England London Drama Working class England London Drama London (England) Social conditions 20th century Drama
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Fiction television programs
Topical Term: Social classes
Aristocracy (Social class)
Working class
Publisher No: AMP-8630
ISBN: 9781598286304
Branch Call Number: DVD TV U
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The series was shot on location at 65 Eaton Place, London (address changed to #165 for the show). The house is still there, you can look it up on google maps.

If you're hoping to get your Downton Abbey fix from this, you'd better dial your expectations way down: the acting is worse (especially the Irish scullery maid); the sets are clearly just sets (not helped by poor lighting design); and the evolution of the characters' relationships are not particularly believable. Of course, I couldn't bring myself to watch the whole of the first season, so take my opinion for what it's worth.

Jun 10, 2013
  • yarnjunkie rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This was one series I could not get into. I wasn't sure what to expect from the actors but I do think it was well done for the time period.

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