Upstairs, Downstairs Season 2(2012)
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The sumptuous new production Upstairs Downstairs, one of the most beloved television series of all time returns for a second season! Now a well established and thriving household in the heart of London, life in Eaton Place has moved on; Lady Agnes and Sir Hallam's family is complete with the addition of two small children and London has settled into an uneasy peace with the apparent aversion of war. Yet below the surface of a well-run household, both upstairs and downstairs are harboring life-changing secrets. As romance, heartbreak and revelations engulf the household; its inhabitants discover that the real threat to 165 Eaton Place is much closer to home.]]>
War proceeds to affect them all differently: Persie, a Nazi sympathizer, returns from Germany with a new dilemma, while servants Mr. Amanjit (Art Malick) and Mrs. Thackeray (Anne Reid) condemn the pacifist beliefs of Pritchard (Adrian Scarborough), which will cause him further repercussions later (Ami Metcalf and Nico Mirallegro are also good value as the youngest staffers). In an ill-advised move into docudrama territory, the Hollands entertain Ambassador Joseph Kennedy and his son John, but such missteps are rare. As the season unwinds, the prim and proper Pritchard becomes more sympathetic in contrast with Sir Hallam, whose lack of empathy for his wife and employees makes him one of the year's more hissable villains. Sadly, the BBC did not renew this promising series, so audiences may never find out how the Holland household weathered the war. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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The year is now 1938. Lady Agnes (Keeley Hawes) has given birth to her second child, but mother and baby barely survived the ordeal. Weak and fragile, Agnes returns to Eaton Place where she is taken under-wing by Dr Blanche Mottershead (Alex Kingston), Sir Hallam's aunt and the half-sister of the late Maud. Following the death of Maud, Blanche has decided to remain in Belgravia indefinitely, and despite initial hostility from Hallam and the servants, she soon finds much to occupy her time - most importantly a "Kindertransport", with the assistance of Mr Amanjit (Art Malik).
Sir Hallam (Ed Stoppard) also finds himself increasingly called away from his responsibilities at Eaton Place. The Foreign Office is abuzz with rumours surrounding Hitler and his threats of war. During a trip to Germany to smooth over relations with the Third Reich, he meets by chance his sister-in-law Lady Persephone (Claire Foy), now the kept mistress of a top-ranking Nazi official. To his disappointment, Persie is as stubborn and wilful as ever before and refuses to return to England with Hallam - until the Hollands receive a frantic late-night phonecall from Germany - a terrified Persie is ringing from a phonebox whilst Kristallnacht explodes around her.
Downstairs, things are being kept up to standard by the ever-exacting butler Mr Pritchard (Adrian Scarborough), in the absence of Rose (Jean Marsh), who is recovering from an attack of tuberculosis. New nursery maid Beryl Ballard (Laura Haddock) has ambitions to create a better life and refuses to let a flirtation with chauffeur Spargo (Neil Jackson) derail her goals.Read more ›
While Season One dealt largely with the reopening and rebuilding of 165 Eaton Place, Season Two sees its inhabitants adjusting while the world is on the precipice of war. The Hollands (Ed Stoppard and Keeley Hawes) are up to their necks in international intrigue, both on the home front and abroad. While conflict seems inevitable and certain preparations are being readied, you never feel that these two fully realize the horrific implications just around the corner. Hawe's spirited (or should I say trouble-making) sister Persie (Claire Foy) even finds herself in need of rescuing and Stoppard plays the hero in hostile territory. Alex Kingston joins the proceedings in the upstairs cast as a forceful new aunt Blanche with a secret that may bring scandal to the family.Read more ›
No disappointment from me or my wife with 2010's 3 episodes or this season's additional 6. The current cast is believable, compelling stories and character delight. Rose and the house gives old fans past memories, even though the interior was redecorated to 1930's. I fell in love with the new upstairs and downstairs families of 165, just like I do with watching the old series. Both excellent casts.
This series begins on the eve of WWII, 1938 a year ahead, but it's evident that war is certain. There is drama galore in the every day affairs, and I do mean affairs, of those society's family, as well as their house staff.
This set includes huge stars making their own world-wide fame Upstairs and Downstairs. Of course Marsh. Maude (Dame Atkins) has died, sad not to see her return, but the cast is still excellent, and Atkins was never in any of the 1970s series.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed Season 2. I gave it a 3, because I am discovering that Amazon Video gets me interested in a series, then charges for the next in the series.Published 10 minutes ago by NANCY C BORLAND
Both my wife and I loved this series, but are disappointed there is no more beyond season. 2.Published 1 hour ago by Amazon Customer
If your partial the various upstairs/downstairs themed shows set around the early part of the 20th century –or the period genre in general– you might be disappointed... Read morePublished 1 hour ago by TVBH
A favorite of mine! I love the history, clothes, seeing how life was lived, effects of the war.Published 2 hours ago by Linda Fuller
Very interesting series. I never thought much about how the people of London may have felt as it became more apparent that another WW was imminent, so I appreciate the historical... Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Red Bird