UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS 5 Seasons 1971

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Season 1
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The very first episode of the classic TV drama series. Downstairs regulars Hudson, Rose and Mrs Bridges are joined by a troublesome new chambermaid.

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50 minutes

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Season 1

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Genres Drama
Director Raymond Menmuir
Season year 1972
Network itv
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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246 of 249 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Holt on 8 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
I think reading these reviews, a lot of people are getting a bit confused with what this DVD contains. The original Complete Series is the one shown in the Green Box which was the first set to be realeased of the complete whole series, containing 21 discs and includes all the added extras. (interviews, making of the series etc)

This particular version of the Complete Series (second release) is exactly the same as the Green Box (21 disc set) except that it only has 17 discs which still cover all the 68 episodes that were made, just as the Green Box Set does. What you don't get are the extra discs, which have all the extra material on them. (hence only 17 discs instead of 21) The Green Box Set currently costs 70 and this second version of the Complete Series currently costs 39.95. So you are saving 30 on this Complete Series Boxed Set. If you want all the extras as well, then buy the Green Box Set. I have purchased this particular set, because all I want to watch is the whole series from start to finish, without the added extras. Everyone to their own choice. Hope this has clarified what to expect if buying this particular version.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ronald G. Helfrich Jnr on 5 April 2012
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After watching the entirety of the Acorn (US) set and episode one of the Network (UK) set it is clear that neither of these box sets are perfect. The Acorn doesn't have the act breaks but it does have subtitles for the hard of hearing and a much better picture. In fact, the Network transfer of the videotaped sections of "On Trial" look, as is the case on so many British DVD transfers from the era, as though they have have been transferred onto film. On the plus side the Network set does have the LWT logos and the act breaks. As I always take picture quality over logos and act breaks I will take the Acorn anyday. Acorn, at least kind of does justice to Upstairs Downstairs, one of the finest English language TV shows ever. Wouldn't it be nice if DVD companies did justice to their customers once in a while?
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95 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Ultimate Reviewer on 30 Dec 2010
Format: DVD
I am very much enjoying the new incarnation of 'Upstairs Downstairs.' currently being broadcast on the BBC. I am so glad they chose not to attempt a remake of the original, but instead, to move the new series along in time, to an equally fascinating period in European history, that of the lead-up to WWII. I am sure there will be some interesting developments within the new family, as there were in the original series. This series is beautifully done in true BBC period drama style, with a host of instantaneously believable actors and actresses. The new 'Upstars Downstairs' allows us to explore the ideas and manners of a time gone by, but not to be forgotten. At a time when good TV is getting scarse, and trash TV seems to be the norm, this is a breath of fresh air.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Older but craftier. on 22 Feb 2012
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Now that we have mastered the art of keeping the volume turned down during the appearance of the London Weekend Television logo at the start of each episode (the sound behind the logo is startlingly loud !), we are thoroughly enjoying watching this DVD.
Unfortunately there are no subtitles for us hard of hearing folks (yes the LWT logo sound is REALLY loud !! ) but then you can't have everything.
All in all an enjoyable experience.
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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Dec 2010
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To be honest I was only a wee nipper when Upstairs Downstairs was originally on tv, and so I only have a vague memory of it. I didn't know if I would like this, especially as I couldn't stomach the Channel 4 series recently set in a stately home. This was originally an idea by Jean Marsh who discussed it with Eileen Atkins, and from there it all started.

165, Eaton Place is being re-opened with a new family taking over, and they need staff. With Jean Marsh acting as an owner of an employment agency she is approached by the new owners. Set in 1936 this mini-series shows so well what was going on at the time in England as well as the problems also going on in the household. Taking in such things as the Black Shirts, and the abdication of the King, you also have the problems with staff, and the new owners not necessarily knowing all the rules of etiquette.

With inspired writing by Heidi Thomas and great acting, especially from Ellie Kendrick, this is something that will give you pleasure, and one can only hope that there will be another series. My only gripe with this is that it was too short and so the story had to be sped along to a large degree.

Also on this dvd is a thirty five minutes 'behind the scenes' look, taking in the writing and the set, along with comments from some of the actors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Wood on 21 Sep 2012
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My grandparents were in service and I'm told Upstairs Downstairs is much more realistic than Downtown Abbey which borrowed a lot from this series. And that I can believe. Having seen and enjoyed both now I can see similarities and found myself quitely grumbling at the story and character steals. Downton is streets ahead in terms of looks and production values obviously technology has improved radically but take away the gloss and it doesn't begin to compare..the lower budget more rugged earthy believable feel to Upstairs Downstairs works in its favour and gives the series has real warmth. And the characters have real warmth too..even the ones you shouldn't like. This is much more character driven and the situations are much more believable. Makers of the updated version please note. They haven't allowed the politics and events of the day to become diversions and distractions they enter into and enter out of proceedings without placard waving and preaching. The brilliant characters here have sympathetic traits you can relate to both sides of the house Upstairs and Downstairs without taking sides and the acting is superb. No hammy theatrics or poses for camera and no cold characters here and the pacing of the storylines is perfect. And the series improoves in all departments after the first series. Whoever buys this boxed set is in for a treat it lives up to its rating as one of the greatest TV series of all time. How lucky we are to have the whole set and everythng at hand these days. Including the remote. I concur with the reviewer who warned us of the sound of the intro. I watched this with my father who is hard of hearing and we had the TV up at max volume 100 so he could hear the dialogue and even he was knocked off his chair by the loudness of the fanfare.Read more ›
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