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Upstairs, Downstairs: Series 1

Upstairs, Downstairs: Series 1

Upstairs: the wealthy, aristocratic Bellamys. Downstairs: their loyal and lively servants. For nearly 30 years, they share a fashionable London townhouse, surviving social change, scandals, and the horrors of the First...more.
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Overview
Upstairs: the wealthy, aristocratic Bellamys. Downstairs: their loyal and lively servants. For nearly 30 years, they share a fashionable London townhouse, surviving social change, scandals, and the horrors of the First World War. The most popular British drama series in TV history won 7 Emmys®, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody. Seen on Masterpiece Theatre and A&E, it's "great fun and marvelous television"-- New York Times. 13 episodes, approx. 650 minutes, 4 DVDs, SDH.
Episodes
Discs 1-4 of The 40th Anniversary Collection
Series One


Disc 1
Episode 1: On Trial
November 1903. There's a new face downstairs: a pretty parlor maid with a fictitious past. She calls herself Clemence, but Lady Bellamy names her Sarah.

Episode 2: The Mistress and the Maids
June 1904. Lady Marjorie sits for a portrait by an avant-garde artist. Sent to his studio on an errand, Sarah makes a decision that creates a humiliating scandal for the Bellamys.

Episode 3: Board Wages
August 1904. With the Bellamys and their senior servants on holiday, the junior servants run wild. Son James returns home unexpectedly and is drawn to the free-spirited Sarah.

Disc 2
Episode 4: The Path of Duty
May 1905. Home from abroad to make her society debut, 17-year-old Elizabeth Bellamy shocks the household with her radical political views and nonconformist behavior.

Episode 5: A Suitable Marriage
December 1905. Eager to marry Elizabeth off, the Bellamys are relieved when she falls in love with a young German baron--until they make a shocking discovery.

Episode 6: Magic Casements
Summer 1906. Swept off her feet by Charles Hammond, a handsome, cultured young friend of James, Lady Marjorie falls passionately in love.

Episode 7: A Cry for Help
October 1906. Sir Richard finds a young housemaid crying. He offers to help with her secret dilemma, but soon learns he is risking his political career.

Disc 3
Episode 8: I Dies from Love
April 1907. The woebegone kitchen maid Emily falls deeply in love with a footman. When they are forbidden to see each other, she takes drastic action.

Episode 9: Why Is Her Door Locked?
November 1907. In the depths of a guilt-induced breakdown, Mrs. Bridges, the cook, steals a baby. The Bellamys' efforts to help only make matters worse.

Episode 10: A Voice from the Past
Autumn 1908. James and Elizabeth find their former servant Sarah starving in the East End. Elizabeth reinstalls her in the household, where she causes trouble upstairs and down.

Disc 4
Episode 11: The Swedish Tiger
October 1908. James has a guest at Eaton Place, a Swedish army officer with a dashing valet. Valuable objects start disappearing, and Sarah becomes an unwitting pawn.

Episode 12: The Key of the Door
Winter 1908. Elizabeth falls under the influence of a group of bohemians that includes a handsome poet, Lawrence Kirbridge. Her behavior alarms the servants and infuriates her parents.

Episode 13: For Love of Love
June 1909. On the eve of her wedding to Lawrence, Elizabeth wonders if she's doing the right thing. James takes up with Sarah, now a music-hall sensation.
DVD Extras
  • Documentary: The Making of Upstairs, Downstairs, Part 1
  • Episode commentaries
  • Alternate pilot episode
Details
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 650 minutes, plus 6 hours of new bonus programming
Format: Full screen (Some bonus programming Widescreen)
Number of discs: 4
Language: English
Subtitles: No
Color or B&W: Color and Black & White (B&W: Series One, episodes 2-5 & 7)
CC: No
SDH: Yes
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 (Some bonus programming 16:9)
Rating: NR
Other: Due to the age of these programs and the improved resolution that DVD provides, you may notice occasional flaws in the image and audio on this DVD presentation that were beyond the studio's ability to correct from the original materials.
Press
"Extraordinary"--The New York Times

"Great fun and marvelous television"--The New York Times

"One of the brightest gems ever to come over the ocean from the British"--The Washington Post

"Ingeniously clever"--The New York Times

"Delightful"--The New York Times

"Charmingly seductive"--The New York Times
Awards
BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Design (1976)

BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Drama Series/Serial (1976)

BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Actor (Gordon Jackson, 1975)

BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Drama Series/Serial (1975)

BAFTA TV Award Winner for Best Drama Series/Serial (1974)

BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Actress (Pauline Collins, 1973)

BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Design (1973)

BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Drama Series/Serial (1973)

BAFTA TV Award Winner for Best Drama Production (1972)

Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Drama Series (1977)

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Jacqueline Tong, 1977)

Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Limited Series (1976)

Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Series (Gordon Jackson, 1976)

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Angela Baddeley, 1976)

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (1976)

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series (Jean Marsh, 1976)

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (1976)

Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (1975)

Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Drama Series (1975)

Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Jean Marsh, 1975)

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Angela Baddeley, 1975)

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (two, 1975)

Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Drama Series (1974)

Emmy Award Nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Jean Marsh, 1974)

Golden Globe Award Nomination for Best TV Series - Drama (1978)

Golden Globe Award Nomination for Best TV Actress - Drama (Jean Marsh, 1978)

Golden Globe Award Winner for Best TV Show - Drama (1975)

Golden Globe Award Nomination for Best TV Actress - Drama (Jean Marsh, 1975)

Peabody Award Winner (1978)

Royal Television Society Television Award Winner for Best Performance (Gordon Jackson, 1975)
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