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I love it just like series one, even as good as 1970s U,D,
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This review is from: Upstairs Downstairs: Season 2 (DVD)The new 2012 UP/Down series two finally. Eileen Atkins and Jean Marsh dreamed up the "Upstairs, Downstairs" concept. Jean stared as Rose in the 70s and continues in 2 the new episodes, more like a cameo. Beware of confusion, the only difference between the old title and the new is the current series is missing the comma. 6 episodes advance the story in season 2. Much of the cast returns including Marsh, but not Eileen Atkins. You get the same house and music as the 1970s epic blockbuster and seasons of the modern continuation. Yet it progresses as a costume period drama, and in my opinion at the entertainment level of the standards set in the 1970s.
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. Keeley Hawes, great as the Lady Agnes; Ed Stoppard as Sir Hallam, Neil Jackson, Claire Foy, Anne Reid (marvelous as the cook), Adrian Scarborough, Art Malik, & Blake Ritson each return in every episode Alex Kingston is new to UD and in 5 episodes while Laura Haddock and Amy Metcalf newly appear in all 2012 episodes. Kingston and Haddock provide stellar performances upping the already fine level of acting on this series. Humor at time, mystery or suspense at others, romance, drama of course, & always entertaining. It's a keeper--proving to be as good as the original.
SUBTITLES provided for all 6 2012 episodes.
1 A Faraway Country About Which We Know Nothing.....
Maude died & Blanche (Kingston) moves into 165 Eaton Place. War seems certain & EP does it's part to prepare. Disagreement over white feathers (CO).
2 The Love That Pays the Price.....
Agnes & Hallam entertain the Kennedy's. Cook resigns for a spell. Amanjit (Malik) and Blanche help rescue Jew kids while Persie (Foy) sees Jew brutality in Germany.
3 A Perfect Specimen of Womanhood.....
Blanche aghast when author publishes account of lesbian affair. Hallam appalled, staff divided, Portia desires a reunion, & there's an abortion.
4 All the Things You Are.....
Agnes models for Landry (Michael Landes) Stocking factory ads. 165EP gets represented in local boxing event, not the only testosterone fight looming.
5 The Last Waltz.....
War strained marriage sends Agnes to the country. Persie's affairs touch more than one at Eaton Pl. Toss in one more downstairs affair.
6 Somewhere Over the Rainbow.....
Spy Persie? Alcoholic Butler? Repentant Hallam? rose's end? War just days away? American emigrants?
A rather interesting lengthy bonus film of cast interviews is subtitled.
If you missed the 1970s series of Upstairs, Downstairs (with the comma) the 40th Anniversary Collection provides 21 discs, 68 episodes, 25 bonus hrs.
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Initial post: Nov 12, 2012 12:24:47 PM PST
Price Grisham says:
I so very much agree about Series One and the first bit of Series Two; but, as Lady Agatha puts it toward the end, the rest of Series Two was simply "a sordid affair." Sigh. It could have been so much better.
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