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Upstairs Downstairs - Series 2 [DVD]

Keeley Hawes , Ed Stoppard    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Keeley Hawes, Ed Stoppard, Claire Foy, Jean Marsh
  • Writers: Heidi Thomas
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2012
  • Run Time: 348 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007A1S0L8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,195 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Set in the year preceding World War Two, 165 Eaton Place reopens its doors and welcomes you back into the enthralling lives of its inhabitants, both upstairs and down. Now a well‐established and thriving household in the heart of London, life in Eaton Place has moved on; Lady Agnes and Sir Hallam’s family is complete with the addition of two small children and London has settled into an easy peace with the apparent aversion of war.
But with both upstairs and downstairs harbouring life‐changing secrets and the menace of war creeping ever closer, the smooth running of Eaton Place threatens to come crashing to a shattering halt. And as romance, heartbreak and intrigue engulf the household, its inhabitants discover that the real threat is much closer to home…

Product Description

Set in the year preceding World War Two, 165 Eaton Place reopens its doors and welcomes you back into the enthralling lives of its inhabitants, both upstairs and down. Now a well‐established and thriving household in the heart of London, life in Eaton Place has moved on; Lady Agnes and Sir Hallam's family is complete with the addition of two small children and London has settled into an easy peace with the apparent aversion of war. But with both upstairs and downstairs harbouring life‐changing secrets and the menace of war creeping ever closer, the smooth running of Eaton Place threatens to come crashing to a shattering halt. And as romance, heartbreak and intrigue engulf the household, its inhabitants discover that the real threat is much closer to home... Before there was Downton Abbey, there was Upstairs, Downstairs and this re-imagining of the classic series demonstrates true pedigree.


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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, underrated BBC costume drama 30 Mar 2012
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It's a shame that Upstairs Downstairs has been eclipsed by Downton Abbey - I would urge any Downton-lovers who didn't return for the latest instalment of Upstairs to give it a go on DVD: you are missing something rather marvellous. Series one of Downton was magnificent; but series two was under-powered and sometimes threatened to be a camp travesty of itself. Upstairs, on the other hand, has continued to improve and develop in wonderful and surprising ways as the series progressed.

The worlds of almost every character in Upstairs are beautifully drawn and complex, unlike those in Downton that too often are of the single note variety (Maggie Smith is arch - there is nothing left for her to do than raise an ironic eyebrow). In particular, Lady Persie (Claire Foy) and Mr Pritchard (Adrian Scarborough) are endlessly fascinating and never as straightforward as they appear on the surface. You meet a character such as archaeologist Dr Motteshead (Alex Kingston) and at first she seems every bit the stereotype of the intellectual 1930s lesbian; but then, as the series evolves, expectations are confounded through great writing and an excellent performance.

Upstairs handles its period detail and sense of time perfectly with none (well I didn't spot them) of the anachronisms that irked me so much in Downton. Moreover, it is really engaged with the history taking place as the drama unfolds - I can think of no other drama that has dealt so well with the mindset of Britain on the eve of war. Scenes such as the household watching the streetlights of London being turned off for the final time are deeply moving. Again, I can also think of no other TV costume drama that has been more beautifully designed, lit and shot. This is far more noticeable in series 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It suffered from unfair comparison to another Brit drama out at the time, Downton Abbey, and the major problem was just that it wasn't good enough to stand on its own. The acting and the dialogue was a little too weak, and somehow none of the characters made you care about them.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 5 Feb 2013
By Camille
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I really loved the first series and had to wait for the second one which never appeared on the french amazon. After a while I decided to buy it directly on the this amazon.uk and I was not disappointed. I really love it, Both series are short so the scenario is well constructed and all the episodes are equally catchy. It's a shame there is no third series to come. Hope this will help you for your purchase and I apologize if my English is not good(I understand it better than I speak it).
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs Downstairs 26 April 2012
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This is such a lovely series depicting life in a house which is very different to life at Downton Abbey. The characters are superb and the story lines are excellent. The final episode is one of the best season finale's I have ever seen; had me totally gripped!!!!! I am sooooooooooooo disappointed and cross that the BBC have decided not to produce a third series and show us how the house copes with WW2. This is such a mistake!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Series 20 Jun 2014
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I do not know yet if I like this series as much as I liked the old series of Upstairs and Downstairs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!! 17 May 2013
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I lobend it far more than the original One. Couldnt stop watching! Glad, there was a Second Part. Hope for a third!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable DVD 14 May 2013
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Although I'd seen the series it was nice to enjoy them again. Sorry the series is not to be continued.
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5.0 out of 5 stars class 18 Mar 2013
By james
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as usual the bbc have done a great version of a great classic loved it from start to finish. bril
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5.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs, Downstairs Series 2 ( DVD)
Excellent. I can't think why it was not continued. On a par with Downton Abbey but this has a London setting
Published 9 months ago by Shirley Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!!
This is was a very dramatic season and I was really impressed by the emotional impact of the storyline. I am very sad that the series has been cancelled!
Published 13 months ago by Cobus Tolken
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Great period settings, costumes, etc. Disappointed that the matriarch wasn't in the second series as she was a central character. Would recommend it and look forward to series 3.
Published 13 months ago by rosanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Upstairs, Downstairs is a classic period drama, in which Keeley Hawes provides a great performance well supported by the rest of the cast. Very enjoyable.
Published 13 months ago by MISS P L WHITWORTH
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This new version is,at least as good as the original.Adding a strong historical background,the characters are very
well played and the settings are superb. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Hizer Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
Great Series i bought the first and second one i really enjoyed watching them and i got tyhem at a great price very happy with my purcause
Published 13 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Follows on to continue the story of my mother's favorite TV programmes that she always watched and enjoyed. Great Series
Published 13 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than series 1!
A good series that is gripping and holds the viewers interest. The first series was a little slow to start but this was a vast improvement. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ShopperGirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs Dowstairs
I enjoyed this series but feel that there could have been a better ending to it. Thought there would be a series 3
Published 17 months ago by sassey
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