Upstairs Downstairs - Remake and Original

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Upstairs Downstairs - Remake and Original

Post by The Browncoat Cat on Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:59 pm

I really did not know what to think about a new version of Upstairs Downstairs when I read that BBC Cymru/Wales were rebooting it. My fears were allayed when I read that both Eileen Aitkins and Jean Marsh were both involved in the project, and I think Heidi Thomas walks on water. I just loved the scene towards the end of the episode where Aitkins and Marsh are discussing the house and the one says to the other "That house needs us." my irony detector was flashing like crazy.
But on the whole, I thought it was greet. Another triumphant reboot by the drama department at BBC Cymru/Wales. Keely Hawes is just brilliant in this role, although she has probably now kissed goodbye to any chance of ever being cast in a contemporary role. If that butler does not turn out to be gay, I will be very surprised.
I used to watch it with my parents on a Sunday Nights on ITV, whilst my sister, who was four years old at the time played with her dolls upstairs. It was quite bizarre watching it on the BBC, with my sister, whilst her four year old little girl was upstairs playing with her dolls.
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Re: Upstairs Downstairs - Remake and Original

Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:11 pm

I'm in the process of catching up with this reboot. I'll admit I harboured high hopes for it from the moment I learned of Atkins and Marshes involvement. Plus Keely Hawes was born for a major role in this.

I'm looking forward to it even more having read your thoughts, Cat.
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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:24 am

Well having now seen the the show in question, I have to mirror Cat's thoughts about it. It was actually rather splendid and a very, very worthy successor to the illustrious original.
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Post by John the Vic on Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:14 am

I must admit I never saw a lot of the original Upstairs Downstairs, and so only know snippets of the shows history.. I absolutely loved the new one though, and hope they will make some more in the same ilk.. I particularly liked how the dynamic of Wallace Simpson and Ribbentrop was portrayed, and how the junior footman was employed to get rid of Ribbentrop from the party.. But I also liked the rivalry between the lady of the house and her mother-in-law, that was handled very well indeed..
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Re: Upstairs Downstairs - Remake and Original

Post by Sid Seadevil on Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:22 am

Yes it was, and the entire series is an almost seamless extension of the original. I enjoyed every moment of it and certainly look forwards to more of the same.
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