Upstairs, Downstairs

ITV (ended 1975)



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Upstairs, Downstairs

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Upstairs, Downstairs follows the rich Bellamy family and their servants at their luxurious house in London. The show takes place between 1903-1930 and gives us an insight of the good old days.

Emmy Awards and Nominations Winners in bold Outstanding Drama Series 1974 - PBS - Rex Firkin, Executive Producer; John Hawkesworth, Producer 1975 - PBS - Rex Firkin, Executive Producer; John Hawkesworth, Producer 1977 - PBS - John Hawkesworth, Producer; Joan Sullivan, Producer Outstanding Limited Series 1976 - PBS - Rex Firkin, Executive Producer; John Hawkesworth, Producer Outstanding Directing In A Drama Series 1975 - PBS - Bill Bain, Director 1976 - PBS - Christopher Hodson, Director Outstanding Writing In A Drama Series 1975 - PBS - John Hawkesworth, Writer 1975 - PBS - Alfred Shaughnessy, Writer 1976 - PBS - Alfred Shaughnessy, Writer Best Lead Actress In A Drama Series 1974 - PBS - Jean Marsh 1975 - PBS - Jean Marsh Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series 1976 - PBS - Jean Marsh Outstanding Continuing Performance By A Supporting Actress In A Drama Series 1975 - PBS - Angela Baddeley 1976 - PBS - Angela Baddeley 1977 - PBS - Jacqueline Tong Outstanding Single Performance By A Supporting Actor In A Drama Series 1976 - PBS - Gordon Jackson



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  • Nicola Pagett

    Nicola Pagett

    Elizabeth Bellamy/Kirbridge

    Jean Marsh

    Jean Marsh

    Rose Buck, housemaid

    Gordon Jackson

    Gordon Jackson

    Mr. Angus Hudson, Butler

    David Langton

    David Langton

    Richard Bellamy

    Lesley-Anne Down

    Lesley-Anne Down

    Georgina Worsley

    John Alderton

    John Alderton

    Thomas Watkins

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    • HE is worried that prinsiple Hyde will not want her to be the School Captain.

      HE is worried that prinsiple Hyde will not want her to be the School Captain. Seb tries to support her and tells her there is nothing Hyde can do about it anyway as long as she gets enough votes, because that only means everyone want her to be the School Captain. They tells him and Seb that she has lost the baby.

    • British Drama set in a London household from November 1903 until the 1920's.

      Excellent Drama which ran on the only commercial channel around during 1971-75 in the UK. (Now on DVD). It rivalled the BBC Drama productions at the time. (At a time when the BBC were renowned for their accuracy in dramatic presentations). I had seen some of the series when I was growing up. Recently I signed up for a Social Sciences course and this series sprang to my mind again. It portrays the household of a politician and his family, bringing discussions of politics, morals and social change into the Upstairs drawing room and the Downstairs servants kitchen. Social and political opinions shared by over 3 generations of the family reveal more than the dry history books can detail. It shows the changing, or non changing, opinions of 4 social classes - Titled, Middle, Working and Servant classes, although the working classes are alluded to more often than seen. It is interesting to see how the Servant classes and Middle classes have more similar moral standings than the Titled classes do. In one conversation, around divorce, set about 1912, Lady Prudence Fairfax suggests that they are the ones who set the fashion for such things and that those living in Wimbledon (Middle classes) might one day accept divorce but that they have old fashioned views on such things at present. The programme shows how the household develops from a place which could host a dinner for King Edward VII through to the effects that the Titanic sinking had (the household were directly involved in the accident), to the First World War and the changing status of women both Upstairs and Downstairs. The Social History is not only reflected in the decor, set dressing and wardrobe but the conversations hold details of all sorts of Social titbits. e.g. Daisy tells Georgina Worsley that (at the age of 18) she has been in service as an under housemaid for 3 years already and Rose implies (in various conversations) that she was actually born into the Southwold household as the daughter of a servant, and Hudson too, the son of a gamekeeper, was born on the Estate.

      For anyone who enjoys Historical Drama then this is a gem.moreless

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    70s, British TV