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Royal Upstairs Downstairs

4.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

A glimpse into the world of stately homes and castles

In this 20-episode, factual British series, antiques expert Tim Wonnacott and expert chef Rosemary Shrager travel in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, visiting the grand houses, castles and stately homes that she visited throughout her life. Using Victoria's own diaries and other firsthand accounts of her visits, they reveal the extraordinary food, décor and garden preparations that were undertaken, exactly what happened during the visits and explore the legacy of each royal stay - upstairs and downstairs.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Rosemary Shrager, Tim Wonnacott
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 580 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005SDUUYK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Walter O. Koenig on May 21, 2012
I watched every episode of this series and have come to the conclusion that it could have been great were it not so flawed. The concept is a good one. Take the viewers to twenty great houses and castles visited by Queen Victoria, and in each episode and show both the upstairs and downstairs while making use of Queen Victoria's diaries, the accounts of others and menus, account books etc. from the period. Add to each episode a complex dish prepared downstairs for the Queen. With this concept lies the first big problem of this show. How do you introduce viewers to a country house, show them the upstairs, add period narrative and cook a dish all in half an hour, of which several minutes are wasted at the end watching the two hosts eat and fawn all over the dish that was prepared? The result is that the show is reduced to a number of soundbites, three minutes upstairs, then three minutes downstairs, then back upstairs, and so on. The viewer is left with just bits of information. With a one hour format and less switching back and forth this show would have been stellar as many of the houses such as Chatsworth and Castle Howard are incredible complex treasures both inside and out.

The choice of the two hosts Rosemary Shrager and Tim Wonnacott was most unfortunate. They really grind on you after a few episodes with their repetitive language, gesticulations, overblown enthusiasm and the over enunciation of words like "stunning", "fabulous" etc. To top it off they pull all kinds of faces while doing this. The repeated references to the owners and the guests of the houses as "toffs", "aristos" etc. is very annoying. For me the worst part are their constant lame attempts at humor and / or being clever.
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This is a truly magnificent series from Great Britian. I expected merely a cooking series. What I got was a history and cultural presentation into the life and times of Queen Victoria, a tour of the great estates she visited,as well as a re-creation of the recipes that were served to her. The hosts were delightful...they reminded by of the late, great Jennifer Patterson and her associate the equally expert chef Clarissa Dickson Wright in the 1997-1999 BBC cooking show "Two Fat Ladies"
I recommend this dvd "Royal Upstairs/Downstairs" to anyone who is fascinated with the great British estates and with the British monarchy...as well as those who love great food.
I rate this series an A+++ !!
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These videos take you around the country to visit the houses where Victoria stayed. Commentators cover the history of the home and furnishings as well as the food she would have been served. The Queen's diary entries are included so you know how she felt about her visit. They also utilize documents which record what food purchased during her visit. It's lively and interesting.
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I really enjoyed this series. It is too bad it wasn't longer. I especially liked the cooking part--just fascinating! I saw some negative responses to the series, and totally disagree. The presentation was lighthearted and human. Very good!
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Had never heard of this before, but I loved this querky, addictive series. A must for anyone who loves country houses, Victoria, and grand cooking. My only complaint was that each episode was too short and it was hard to get enough detail in.
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