A new family and their servants live at the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place in 1936.

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 Lady Agnes Holland (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Sir Hallam Holland (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Mr. Warwick Pritchard / ... (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Harry Spargo (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Mrs. Clarice Thackeray / ... (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Lady Persephone Towyn / ... (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Mr. Amanjit Singh / ... (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 The Duke of Kent (8 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Johnny Proude (8 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Beryl Ballard (6 episodes, 2012)
Ami Metcalf ...
 Eunice McCabe (6 episodes, 2012)
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 Mrs. Rose Buck (5 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Dr. Blanche Mottershead (5 episodes, 2012)
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 Lord Halifax (4 episodes, 2012)
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 Pamela Holland / ... (4 episodes, 2010-2012)
Alexia James ...
 Lotte Perlmutter (4 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Maud, Lady Holland (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Ivy Morris (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Casper Landry / ... (3 episodes, 2012)
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 Nanny Lyons (3 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Anthony Eden (3 episodes, 2010)
Ian Barritt ...
 Dr. Gascoigne / ... (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
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 Miss Whisset (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Ribbentrop (2 episodes, 2010)
Peter Stark ...
 Friedrich Erlichman (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Mrs. Fuller / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
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In 1936, Sir Hallam Holland and his pretty young wife Lady Agnes return from a diplomatic posting abroad and take up residence at 165 Eaton Place, formerly the home of the Bellamy family but vacant for several years. By chance, they ask Rose Buck, herself a long-time servant in the Bellamy household, to find them a suitable staff. In the end, Rose herself joins them as the Housekeeper. The 1930s are a difficult time in England. The Depression has taken its toll with high levels of unemployment. Fascism, which has become popular on the Continent in Italy and Germany, is also finding followers in the UK with Oswald Mosely's British Union of Fascists. As the new staff begin their daily work, the downstairs family begins to take shape. Written by garykmcd

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Bird motifs are used throughout the 2010 series in the costumes, paintings decorating the sets, and on china and wallpaper patterns, to echo the bird theme employed in the three episode titles: "The Fledgling", "The Ladybird" and "The Cuckoo". See more »

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A nice attempt to recreate the past
24 September 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The BBC bringing back ITV's classic period drama 'Upstairs Downstairs' as a rival to ITV's new big period drama hit 'Downton' was big news when this show first aired over Christmas 2010.

It had a lot going for it in terms of cast (Keeley Hawes in particular) and Heidi Thomas involved as writer but sadly could never live up to the high expectations audiences had for it when comparing it to the original show, and of course 'Downton'.

It's never going to go down as the best show ever made, but it was a lot better than people made it out to be. Sadly though the second series saw a decline in ratings (nothing disastrous though) and the BBC quietly shut the doors on the house once more.


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