Upstairs, Downstairs: Series Two
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"Great fun and marvelous television" --The New York Times
4+ hours of new bonus material
Iconic British series seen on Masterpiece Theatre and A&E
Upstairs: the wealthy, aristocratic Bellamys. Downstairs: their loyal and lively servants. For nearly 30 years, they share a fashionable townhouse at 165 Eaton Place in London’s posh Belgravia neighborhood, surviving social change, political upheaval, scandals, and the horrors of the First World War.
Series Two follows the years 1908 to 1910. New bride Elizabeth is far from blissful, and James learns that he’s about to become a father. Appalled by their children’s antics, Lord and Lady Bellamy fight to save the family name. Downstairs, Sarah the maid causes trouble, and Thomas the chauffeur works his own devious angles. Finally, a royal visit marks the most famous episode of this Emmy®-winning season.
Starring Jean Marsh (Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse), David Langton (The Spoils of War), Rachel Gurney (The Portrait of a Lady), Simon Williams (Sword of Honour), Nicola Pagett (A Bit of a Do), Gordon Jackson (The Professionals), Angela Baddeley (Martin Chuzzlewit), John Alderton (Little Dorrit), Ian Ogilvy (Return of the Saint), and Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine).
interview with Simon Williams and Alfred Shaughnessy
Top Customer Reviews
It is said that Watkins character John Alderton, and Sarah character, Pauline Collins were married in real life.
The other focus is on Miss Lizzie, the daughter of James and Lady Marjorie, as she continually searches for love and marriage, or at least honest love bestowed up on her. I thoroughly am entertained by actress Rachel Gurney (died 2001, age 81). She was quite convincing as the wealthy Edwardian matriarch, in her refined speech and mannerism. And, equally convincing and colorful character was Mrs. Roberts, a nosy, persnickety personal maid to Lady Marjorie.
But, some of my favorite characters of course are the "below the stairs" servants. It is always a joy to watch Mr. Hudson and Mrs. Bridges run the household. This season, Rose with Miss Lizzie become involved in the suffragette movement.
This marks the last season with Lady Marjorie. But, you can see the philandering antics and financial burdens of Major James, the son.
Again, Season 1 and 2 were filled with characters, stories, mishaps, fun, frolic, rigidity, etc. Enjoy.....Rizzo
This review for "Upstairs, Downstairs" was written for the 1970s series. Amazon moved those reviews to the newer 21st century "Upstairs Downstairs" series 2 by mistake. Make sure you note the differences. Many other reviews posted at the time of this update are NOT for the 2012 Upstairs Downstairs release. The title difference between the 1970s & 2010-12 series was simply the removal of the comma; which does cause confusion.
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Stunning in costume & set detail. Shows life of the working class (Downstairs) as they serve the aristocratic (Upstairs) Bellamy family. Led by butler Hudson (Gordon Jackson) the classic Edwardian masterful plots in this funny and dramatic back time-travel for years 1904 to 1910. Series 1, also available, is 1903-1909.
Series 2 has 13 episodes introducing cast, Bellamy house trials, scandal, love, and the delight of seeing the wonderfully differences between classes. Great plots in every episode. Always sub-plots, upstairs and downstairs. Some topics were quite daring in the 70s. This is huge Emmy earner drama that went on for 5 series. The 40th anniversary Edition, "Upstairs Downstairs Series 1-5", is now available and the economical way to buy the saga.
Sir Richard Bellamy MP (David Langton) and Lady Marjorie (Rachel Gurney) with heir Lt James (Simon Williams) and Miss Elizabeth (Nicola Pagett-`A Bit of a Do') who need quite a crew downstairs to keep their house in order. Mrs. Bridges (Angela Brddeley) cooks up a storm, while maid Rose (Jean Marsh, co-creator) helps keep linens and affairs tidy. The pilot introduces new servant Sarah (Pauline Collins), who adds saucy spice to the house on both ends of the stairs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Upstairs Downstairs Series Two continues the story of the Bellamy family and their servants. It hooks you, just as much as the Series One does. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't know how this series became so popular. Series two is better than series one - but it's no Downton Abbey!Published on April 22, 2014 by ruthie
We love this series. We have all of them and wish there was more so we bought downton abbey too.Published on November 7, 2013 by Emily
Okay, I am a Downton Abby fan - admitted. I have also enjoyed the modern remake of Upstairs Downstairs and enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Shela Simpson
The Upstairs Downstairs series has always been a classic. Im a big fan of Downton Abbey and wanted to see the 1st Upstairs Downstairs seriesPublished on January 27, 2013 by Kathy Raymond