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Upstairs, Downstairs: Series 5

Upstairs, Downstairs: Series 5

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. 16 episodes, approx. 818 minutes, 5 DVDs, SDH.
Episodes
Discs 17-21 of The 40th Anniversary Collection
Series Five


Disc 17
Episode 1: On with the Dance
Summer 1919. Upstairs, Lord and Lady Bellamy make plans to leave Eaton Place. Downstairs, the servants fear for their jobs. Fortunately, Virginia's young children save the day.

Episode 2: A Place in the World
February 1920. Medically discharged from the army, James enters politics but refuses any guidance from his father. Also striking out on their own, Edward and Daisy have left service but are struggling to survive.

Episode 3: Laugh a Little Louder Please
Summer 1921. The Viscount and her Ladyship travel for their honeymoon. While they're away, Georgina throws a wild party at Eaton Place that ends in tragedy.

Episode 4: The Joy Ride
Autumn 1921. James buys a small airplane and takes his young stepmother for a spin. When the plane disappears, the household prepares for the worst and the press has a field day.

Disc 18
Episode 5: Wanted--A Good Home
Spring 1922. Virginia's son goes to boarding school, and her daughter gets a puppy. The imperious new governess is not pleased, and soon Eaton Place is in an uproar.

Episode 6: An Old Flame
Spring 1923. Bored with life, James takes up with his best friend's wife. When they spend a weekend together in a cottage, the Bellamys barely avert a scandal.

Episode 7: Disillusion
Spring 1924. Georgina returns from America with news of Elizabeth. Hudson stuns the household when he falls in love with Lily, a young house maid, and gives notice.

Episode 8: Such a Lovely Man
Summer 1925. Seeking an important government post, Lord Richard courts influential millionaire Sir Guy Paynter. But Guy is more interested in Virginia. Meanwhile, Ruby has a suitor.

Disc 19
Episode 9: The Nine Days Wonder
May 1926: Britain's General Strike of 1926 rattles the Bellamy household. Lord Richard is dismayed, James takes a job as a bus conductor, and Hudson struggles to keep order downstairs.

Episode 10: The Understudy
September 1926. Eaton Place hosts an important dinner party for the French ambassador. When Hudson falls ill, someone must take his place, causing a crisis downstairs.

Episode 11: Alberto
June 1927. James takes Lady Prudence to Ascot. Georgina's friendship with Lady Dolly Hale, a wild society girl, leads to an ugly scene and the departure of a key servant.

Episode 12: Will Ye No' Come Back Again?
On a household holiday in the Scottish Highlands, Hudson confronts a poacher. James reveals his feelings for Georgina, but when she doesn't return his ardor, he leaves abruptly for America.

Disc 20
Episode 13: Joke Over
Summer 1928. Georgina's out-of-control behavior causes more trouble for the Bellamys. When a joyride proves fatal, Lord Robert Stockbridge comes to Georgina's aid.

Episode 14: Noblesse Oblige
Summer 1929. Georgina and Robert want to marry. His parents agree, with a catch: the pair must not see each other for a time. Downstairs, Mrs. Bridges and Ruby are at odds.

Episode 15: All the King's Horses
October 1929. Home after making a killing on Wall Street, James urges the Bellamy household to get on the gravy train, and Rose trusts James to invest for her.

Episode 16: Whither Shall I Wander?
Summer 1930. Eaton Place is sold, and James's debt means Georgina inherits nothing. Will Robert return for her after all? As the saga ends, upstairs and downstairs go their separate ways.

Disc 21
BONUS DISC
  • Documentary: The Making of Upstairs, Downstairs Part 5
  • Upstairs, Downstairs Remembered
  • Russell Harty Goes Upstairs, Downstairs
  • Sandy's Last Stand
DVD Extras
  • Documentary: The Making of Upstairs, Downstairs, Part 5
  • Episode commentaries
  • Upstairs, Downstairs Remembered
  • Russell Harty Goes Upstairs, Downstairs
  • Interview with the composer
Details
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 818 minutes, plus over 5 hours of new bonus programming
Format: Full screen (Some bonus programming Widescreen)
Number of discs: 5
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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