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Upstairs, Downstairs: Series 2

Upstairs, Downstairs: Series 2

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. 649 minutes, 4 DVDs, SDH.
Episodes
Discs 5-8 of The 40th Anniversary Collection
Series Two


Disc 5
Episode 1: The New Man
New bride Elizabeth already doubts if her marriage to the poet Lawrence Kirbridge will last. Downstairs, Lawrence's Welsh manservant, Thomas Watkins, flirts with Rose.

Episode 2: A Pair of Exiles
Mired in debt, James learns that Sarah is pregnant with his child. He confesses all to his horrified parents, who make decisions that shatter the family but protect their name.

Episode 3: Married Love
Lawrence's sexual failings are threatening his marriage to Elizabeth. He subtly suggests that his publisher, Sir Edwin Partridge, step in, and Sir Edwin willingly agrees.

Episode 4: Whom God Hath Joined...
Elizabeth's marriage lies in ruins and she's carrying another man's child. The Bellamys arrive at a costly but face-saving solution, and Thomas joins the staff at Eaton Place.

Disc 6
Episode 5: Guest of Honour
A landmark episode in the saga: His Majesty King Edward VII comes to dinner, and Sarah arrives at the back door in dire distress.

Episode 6: The Property of a Lady
Lady Marjorie's former lover, Captain Hammond, is dead. Torrid letters she wrote to him have fallen into the wrong hands. Thomas offers to serve as a go-between--for a price.

Episode 7: Your Obedient Servant
Both Sir Richard and Hudson the butler are visited by their brothers. Sir Richard suppresses ill feelings, while Hudson exaggerates his status in the Bellamy household.

Disc 7
Episode 8: Out of the Everywhere
Elizabeth arrives home with her infant daughter, Lucy, and the Bellamy family nanny, now elderly and disagreeable. New nursery maid Sarah is more than happy to take over.

Episode 9: An Object of Value
After Lady Marjorie's father dies, her mother, the Countess of Southwold, spends a few days at Eaton Place. When her diamond brooch goes missing, everyone is a suspect.

Episode 10: A Special Mischief
Elizabeth gets involved with the suffragette movement. Trying to protect her, Rose ends up in prison. Elizabeth seeks help from Julius Karekin, a wealthy Armenian financier.

Disc 8
Episode 11: The Fruits of Love
Elizabeth becomes Karekin's mistress, and her parents don't approve. But when the Bellamys are faced with a financial crisis, they must accept his assistance or lose their home.

Episode 12: The Wages of Sin
Sarah is pregnant and Lady Marjorie is furious. Thomas offers to marry her, but her Ladyship won't allow it. Clever Thomas turns the situation to his own advantage.

Episode 13: A Family Gathering
Elizabeth leaves Karekin, and James returns from India with his new fiancee, Phyllis. A birthday celebration for Lady Marjorie gets interrupted by a surprise visit and sad news.
DVD Extras
  • Documentary: The Making of Upstairs, Downstairs, Part 2
  • Episode commentaries
  • Interview with Simon Williams and Alfred Shaughnessy
Details
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 649 minutes, plus over 4 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
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

"Charmingly seductive"--The New York Times

"Ingeniously clever"--The New York Times

"Delightful"--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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