Upstairs Downstairs by John HawkesworthBefore listening to the audio book of this I had previously watched the entire old tv show and the newest one. I love that the audio book was narrated by Jean Marsh the character we would know as Rose .Jean manages to bring all the characters or Eaton Place to life and after watching all the tv shows I was very pleased how well she did it. ON this audio book alot of the tv series is covered from the arrival of the various staff,affairs, arguments, gossip, political drama, glamour,elegance, bonds and friendship. For anyone who has previosly enjoyed the tv shows this is perfect to have also. It is a joy to listen to.
Kill Bill: Vol. Sign in. After nearly 30 years, the Bellamy saga ends with the sale of Eaton Place and a fresh beginning for every member of the household. James returns to England, with new found vigor and untold wealth, on the eve of the October stock market crash. News of the Titanic disaster arrives at Eaton Place, and the entire household anxiously await word of Lady Marjorie's fate.
Four weeks after the last episode of the second series, the BBC has quietly announced that it won't be recommissioning Upstairs Downstairs. The revival of the s period drama in December was initially a success, drawing 7. The finale of the second series, however, could only muster around 4. There was not exactly a huge clamour by viewers to keep Upstairs Downstairs, despite an impassioned campaign here on the Guardian's series blog and on the Radio Times and BBC websites. People who loved Upstairs loved it very much.
The period drama, which aired the final episode of its second series in the UK last month, struggled with low ratings and behind-the scenes setbacks. The shows aired close to one another and their similar settings and lovely Edwardian dress made it nearly impossible for viewers and critics to avoid comparing the two.
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The series resumes the story of Eaton Place, the fictional setting of both iterations of the programme, in , six years after the original series concluded. The first series, consisting of three episodes, was broadcast across consecutive nights during Christmas The second and last series consists of six episodes, and first aired between 19 February and 25 March The series is set from to the outbreak of the Second World War in In October , it was announced that the BBC was to revive the series as two minute episodes to be broadcast on BBC One in the autumn of , written by Heidi Thomas and set in , six years after the original series finished. At the time the original show had ended its run, the year was , the Great Depression had already begun, and the Bellamy family had lost all its money in the crash of James Bellamy, the only son of Richard, the Viscount Bellamy, had been responsible for persuading not only his family but also the faithful family servant, Rose Buck, to invest all their money in the stock market.
The series is set during the period — and takes place largely in the London town house of the Bellamy family. The "upstairs" and "downstairs" of the title refers to, respectively, the Bellamys and their servants. Rachel Gurney and Nicola Pagett both left the show after the second series. Anthony Andrews also became a regular in the fifth series in the role of Lord Robert Stockbridge, as did Karen Dotrice as Lily Hawkins, another maid in the Bellamy household. A total of 68 hour-long episodes were produced and broadcast during the original run of Upstairs, Downstairs.