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Upstairs Downstairs DVD
Reviewed by
James Wright
on
Upstairs Downstairs DVD Review Upstairs Downstairs is a good old fashioned period drama from start to finish and best of all, it's all contained in one accessible DVD with no knowledge of the previous series necessary.
Rating:
3.85

Feature 7.8
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 5.0
Total 7.7
Distributor: BBC
Running Time: 192 Minutes
Reviewer: James Wright
Classification
: PG

7.7


Upstairs Downstairs

As the period drama makes an outstanding revival in England (Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey), the BBC have revived one of their most endearing period dramas with Upstairs Downstairs. With a fresh new cast and some amazing sets, the 2011 incarnation of Upstairs Downstairs, although similar to the original 1970's series is actually quite removed. Like Star Trek, Upstairs Downstairs has received a modern reboot but the main theme of the original TV series is still there, especially the dynamics between the servants and the rich with all those filthy secrets!

Set during the depression of the 1930's, 1936 to be precise, the Bellamy home is now in different hands and housekeeper Rose (Jean Marsh) returns to serve new owners Sir Hallam (Ed Stoppard), his wife Agnes (Keeley Hawes) and his mother Lady Maud Holland (Eileen Atkins).  As Rose begins her paid servitude of the Hallam aristocracy, she soon discovers that not much has changed at 165 Eaton Place, especially when the secrets of all those involved with this family clash in some very entertaining and complex ways.

As Rose is the head of the servants at Eaton Place, the series creators slowly give the viewer enough tantalising titbits to make these characters quite interesting and whether that is the Butler of the House, Pritchard (Adrian Scarborough) or Ivy who is played delightfully by Ellie Kendrick, all the characters are quite realistic in this limited TV series. However the series is not all about the servants and the aristocrats such as Sir Hallam Holland has his own motivations and connections to better his life, even the beautiful Claire Foy as Lady Persie, the temptress of the show. There's a train crash just waiting to happen.

If you enjoyed Downton Abbey but thought the adult content was a little too much, than Upstairs Downstairs is definitely the answer to your family friendly diet. With lies and scandals hiding in everyone's closets, Upstairs Downstairs is a good old fashioned period drama from start to finish and best of all, it's all contained in one accessible DVD with no knowledge of the previous series necessary. Entertaining to say the least!

Special Features

Exclusive DVD Feature - Upstairs Downstairs - Behind Closed Doors






 
 



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