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Upstairs, Downstairs: Series One

Upstairs, Downstairs: Series One

“Charmingly seductive” –The New York Times 6+ hours of new bonus material Iconic British series seen on Masterpiece Theatre and A&E Upstairs: the wealthy, aristocratic Bellamys. Downstairs: their loyal and lively servants. For almost 30 years

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  1. Terry Richard "Terry Richard" says:
    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    “A Television Classic”, January 19, 2011
    Terry Richard “Terry Richard” (Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: Upstairs, Downstairs: Series One (DVD)

    Probably the greatest TV series ever to be made in England, “Upstairs, Downstairs” takes place in the early 1900′s and follows the lives of the rich Bellamy family living in a posh area in London. The drama unfolds as the Bellamy’s lives are intertwined by their servants who live “downstairs” in an elegant and beautiful mansion.

    Like most soap opera the writer’s of “Upstairs, Downstairs” realized that if you pit the working class against the jet-set drama will unfold and great television viewing will ensue.

    In “Upstairs, Downstairs: Series 1″ 13 episodes are included and run approximately 50 minutes. The first six episodes were shot in black and white with subsequent shows filmed in color. However, it is believed the first show (the pilot) has been wiped, so an episode shot in color was made.

    Debuting October 30, 1971 on England’s ITV channel, most North Americans discovered the serial through airings on local PBS channels and cable’s A&E netowrk during the late ’70′s and 1980′s while viewers north of the border in Canada watched via the CBC.

    This box set is also available with the entire series housed in “Upstairs, Downstairs: The Complete Series-40th Anniversary Collection” that contains over 25 hours of addition new bonus material.

    The series has been revived on the BBC as of late 2010.

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  2. Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A TIMELESS early 20th century saga of the posh London class divide, February 6, 2011
    Harold Wolf “Doc” (Wells, IN United States) –

    This review is from: Upstairs, Downstairs: Series One (DVD)

    Stunning in costume & set detail. Shows life of the working class (Downstairs) as they serve the aristocratic (Upstairs) Bellamy family. Led by butler Hudson (Gordon Jackson) the classic Edwardian masterful plots in this funny and dramatic back time-travel for years 1903 to 1909. Series Two, also available, is 1904-1910.
    Series 1 has 13 episodes introducing cast, Bellamy house trials, scandal, love, and the delight of seeing the wonderfully differences between classes. Great plots in every episode. Always sub-plots, upstairs and downstairs. Some topics were quite daring in the 70s. This is huge Emmy earner drama that went on for 5 series. The 40th anniversary Edition, “Upstairs Downstairs Series 1-5″, is now available and the economical way to buy the saga.

    Sir Richard Bellamy MP (David Langton) and Lady Marjorie (Rachel Gurney) with heir Lt James (Simon Williams) and Miss Elizabeth (Nicola Pagett-`A Bit of a Do’) who need quite a crew downstairs to keep their house in order. Mrs. Bridges (Angela Brddeley) cooks up a storm, while maid Rose (Jean Marsh, co-creator) helps keep linens and affairs tidy. The pilot introduces new servant Sarah (Pauline Collins), who adds saucy spice to the house on both ends of the stairs. Footman Alfred (George Innes) who quotes Bible, Perce (Brian Osborne) is lady’s-man coachman, times being yet horse and carriage. They seem to become your family.

    ALL episodes have SUBTITLES and a very sturdy, compact case for the 4 discs. Bonus of 56 min “Making Of.” The pilot was remade after a 70s technician strike, and in color. An alternate pilot episode is also included. Of the 13 episodes, 2,3,4,5, &7 are B/W due to the strike. All others in color, including pilot.

    After the airing of “The Forsyte Saga” (a must series also), Eileen Atkins and Jean Marsh dreamed up the “Upstairs Downstairs” concept. Jean stared as Rose in the 70s TV blockbuster, and now continues that role in the continuation of the story on Brit TV (Dec ’10). 3 episodes advance the story now to 1936, with a new cast (excepting Marsh) and also now including Atkins as Maud, the same house, same music, same title. After “Upstairs Downstairs” the pair of actresses combined again in creating “The House of Eliott”, another period saga, bloody good Brit drama.

    Upstairs Downstairs is as addicting as scones and tea. A MUST-SEE, but I really recommend looking at the 40th Anniversary Edition. Spend less, enjoy more, and that 68 50-min. episode set has 25 hrs of Bonus. Divide dollars by hours and you’ll find it a value.

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