Upstairs, Downstairs 5 Seasons 1974

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Season 4
(133) IMDb 8.7/10

9. Another Year TV-NR CC

Ruby and Edward return to Eaton Place, the latter suffering from a severe case of shell shock. Sir Richard tries to help him and also gets appointed Viscount Bellamy of Haversham.

Starring:
Jean Marsh, Angela Baddeley
Runtime:
52 minutes
Original air date:
November 9, 1974

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Season 4

Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Cyril Coke
Starring Jean Marsh, Angela Baddeley
Supporting actors Gordon Jackson, Meg Wynn Owen, Hannah Gordon, David Langton, Raymond Huntley, Christopher Beeny, Jacqueline Tong, Jenny Tomasin
Network Acorn Media
Producers Rex Firkin, John Hawkesworth
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
The video showcases English society by following the Bellamy family and its servants through the years starting at the turn of the century all the way to the end of WWII.
The relationships between the family members, the servants and the family members and servants portray and reflect on the changes English society undergoes during those years.
The characters are well-developped, each representing a particular type of person with a distinct set of moral and social values, and distinct political views.
The show offers an often critical perspective on the changes in English society from a society predominantly shaped by its aristocracy to a society adapting to the rise of the bourgoisie.
The series is a well-done, never boring portrait of an intersting period in English and European history with excellent actors.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John D. Cofield TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 22, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This series is my favorite in the Upstairs Downstairs canon. The residents of 165 Eaton Place face the loss and hardships of World War I bravely. Several important themes, such as duty, honor, love and loss are explored through the lives of several characters. War comes home, literally, when a Zeppelin drops a bomb on Eaton Place. James, Edward, Georgina, and most tragically Rose and Hazel are all victims of the war's bloodlust. There are some extremely fine moments, such as when Georgina sees some wounded soldiers and realizes her playgirl life has to stop, and some extremely funny ones, as in the episode when the Bellamy's drawingroom is commandeered for a dreary charity event. With this series the writers and artists reached their height!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 22, 2003
Format: DVD
The acclaimed fourth season of UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS focuses on the turbulent years of World War One, with the Bellamy's fighting to keep control of an ever-changing world, shattered asunder...
"A Patriotic Offering" - Lady Prudence (Joan Benham) convinces Hazel (Meg Wynn Owen) to take in a family of Belgian refugees, resulting in a major upset for the servants.
"News From the Front" - Whilst on leave, James (Simon Williams) finds himself drawn into a political situation which might affect his future in the army.
"The Beastly Hun" - An anti-German feeling sweeps through Eaton Place following the sinking of the Lusitania, with Hudson (Gordon Jackson) spreading scare stories about the local baker and his family, who are discovered to be of German origin.
"Women Shall Not Weep" - Edward (Christopher Beeny) and Daisy (Jacqueline Tong) decide to get married before Edward leaves for the draft. Georgina (Lesley-Anne Down) vows to become an army nurse after witnessing the dead and injured soldiers returning to London; while Ruby (Jenny Tomasin) surprises everyone when she announces she is to leave her position to go and work in a munitions factory.
"Tug of War" - Georgina discovers that nursing isn't all she thought it would be, while James becomes frustrated with his staff-army job.
"Home Fires" - Rose (Jean Marsh) once again bumps into her former fiance, Australian sheep farmer Gregory Wilmot (Keith Barron) who has joined the army. They decide to get married again, but will Hudson ruin it all?...
"If You Were the Only Girl in the World" - At a tea-party for wounded officers, bored Hazel meets a charming young airman, Jack Dyson (Andrew Ray).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Rita on February 22, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
When television was reaching for the stars this series which lasted 5 years was like a rocketship in the anals of entertainment. Thirty years later it is still totally absorbing, sophisticated, and fun to watch. It is a classic that my husband and I re-visited recently over a period of several months. If you missed Upstairs Downstairs in the '70's don't miss it now if you can help it. A combination of a British soap opera, classical drama and comedy, we got totally involved in the family upstairs, and the second family of servants, downstairs. It's a hoot.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Serene Night on May 7, 2003
Format: DVD
I am new to the world of Upstairs Downstairs, but this (the fourth) season is the best season I've watched so far. For those of you who are new to the world of Upstairs Downstairs, this series is a character driven drama which focuses on the disparate (but yet entwined) lives of the rich Bellamy's and their servants.
Character growth, loss, tragedy and triumph are the themes of this season, as the characters are greatly affected by the trials of world war I. I highly recommend this for fans of this time period, or fans of BBC drama. I particularly liked the character arc involving Edward the footman, and the arc involving Hazel Bellamy. This is truly an excellent series, I am sorry that it was ended after the fifth season.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Murphy on February 9, 2012
This review is about Amazon's hosting of the fourth season, not about the season itself. The fourth season is a great one, but the way Amazon has bungled this makes it hard to enjoy it.

It is really annoying that they have messed up the episodes by putting them in the wrong order and mislabeling them. Half the tension in the episode they list as first is confusing if you haven't watched the THREE episodes that predate it. The occasional mislabeled episode in the previous seasons was easy to overlook, but in this case, its flat out unprofessional.

Also, I bought the season, and yet still had to purchase two of the episodes separately.

If Amazon really wants to make their video streaming the place to go, they'll have to avoid these things in future.
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