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Upstairs Downstairs: Series 5 - Episodes 9-16 [DVD] [1971]

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  • Actors: Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh, Angela Baddeley, Christopher Beeny
  • Directors: Bill Bain, Christopher Hodson, Derek Bennett, Raymond Menmuir
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Aug. 2003
  • Run Time: 408 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009Z4SW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,387 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Second half of the fifth series of the popular costume drama. In 'The Nine Days Wonder' the 1926 General Strike causes trouble in the Bellamy household. 'The Understudy' finds Hudson taken ill just as the family are about to play host to the French Ambassador. 'Alberto' has Georgina run with the fast set and meet-up with a film producer. 'Will Ye No Come Back Again' sees Hudson look into a bizarre Highland situation. 'Joke Over' finds Georgina involved in a terrible accident. 'Noblesse Oblige' has a new maid come to work in the household. 'All the King's Horses' sees James return from the United States and invest Rose's money in stocks and shares. And finally, in 'Whither Shall I Wander?', extreme measures need to be taken in order to pay off James' debts.


This seminal British television series is just as enjoyable now as when it first aired in the early 1970s. Richard, Lady Marjorie and their son James comprise the aristocratic Bellamy family that reside upstairs while their loyal servants maintain the household from downstairs. The series follows the upper-class family's troubles as times change and the ongoing lives of their resilient staff. Clean, clear and presented in order, the third season's 13 episodes follow the London household through the pre-war years (1912-1914). In these episodes, Hudson (Gordon Jackson) gives notice over James's (Simon Williams) luncheon with his father's typist, Miss Forrest (Meg Wynn Owen), who helps run the household after Lady Marjorie dies aboard the R.M.S. Titanic. Tensions again erupt when another family strives to hire Hudson away and Miss Forrest refuses James's marriage proposal, afraid of a past secret. Former servant Alfred reappears, taking a hostage when Hudson discovers he is wanted for murder, and a French countess is romantically interested in Richard's money until James exposes the truth. James's new wife, Hazel Forrest, resolves a stock-trading scandal, but remains uneasy with her new society position, particularly while fox hunting at Lord and Lady Newbury's country estate. A disregard for class differences nearly ends in disaster during Georgina Worsley's (Lesley-Anne Down) holiday visit, and a casual remark by the Bellamys' footman Edward erupts into a scandal that threatens Parliament's Tory constituency. Rose (Jean Marsh) almost marries an Australian sheep farmer, and James's rocky marriage must survive Hazel's miscarriage. In July 1914, when war looms, James looks to rejoin his regiment to escape his troubled marriage; Mrs Bridges (Angela Baddeley) has a suitor and two servants, Edward and Daisy, defy the downstairs rules by falling in love. --Tara Chace, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By fegMANIA! VINE VOICE on 1 Jun. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
A truly fascinating insight into the first formative weeks of this groundbreaking and successful series, this tape comprises the rarely-seen early episodes made in black and white due to industrial action in the early 1970s. These show the Bellamy household in an edgy state of flux, with many characters (and even rooms)coming and going. The standout episode is probably the second, with its razor-sharp script by feminist writer Maureen Duffy.These episodes are quite unlike the later ones in many respects.Also included in colour is the original opening episode, with its ending mercifully intact...this is why 'Series 1-The Colour Edition' didn't quite make sense within its own continuity! A must-have.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Davies on 10 Feb. 2007
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This is an astonishingly evocative portrayal of life during World War I. The writers and directors interviewed WWI survivors in order to make the episodes as realistic and convincing as possible, and based on accounts I heard from elderly relatives when I was a child it seems that the period has been captured very well indeed. The episode whereby Georgina observes the hospital trains returning from France bearing wounded soldiers is very powerful, as are the scenes in which Christopher Beeny portrays a shell-shocked young soldier so very movingly. Daisy and Hazel suffer stoically at home as their husbands risk their lives abroad, an ageing and patriotic Hudson is desperate to do his bit, as is the simple Ruby, who courageously applies for a role in a munitions factory, despite the danger of being targeted by enemy bombs.

Series Four made me feel rather humble and in me it brought about a new respect for the people who lived through that challenging time. It also taught me a great deal about the history and politics of the period without being tedious or preachy - there are still funny interludes and interesting stories about the personal lives of the characters.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Sept. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
There is a liveliness in this sequence of eight episodes that has been absent from the series since Lady Marjorie Bellamy died on the Titanic in 1912. The bloodbath of the Great War has been over for almost two years as we step through the familiar front door of 165 Eaton Place. Virginia Hamilton, now Viscountess Bellamy, returns from her European honeymoon without the slightest intention of taking on the rôle of mistress of Eaton Place, a position left vacant by the death of James Bellamy's wife, Hazel. Is it she or Richard, accustomed to the 'political wife' of the Edwardian era, who emerges victorious in the battle of the sexes?
The characters of James Bellamy, Georgina Worsley, and the former Lady Diana Russell, bored with marriage to good old Bunny, Marquess of Newbury, illustrate the madcap merriment of the twenties, a time when all's fair in love as it had been in war. The residents of the Servants' Hall, too, seek a freshness, a vitality in their lives and relationships. Even Ruby, still elevenpence ha'penny short of a bob, demands her place in the post-war world, defying the senior staff to find a 'Rudolf Valentino' of her very own! The joie de vivre is always short-lived. That love so often lies bleeding suggests that war has given way to a tug-of-war between past and present, a conflict in which characters old and new, above and below stairs, are inextricably involved.
This is one of the most enjoyable "Upstairs Downstairs" series, inviting the viewer to share the social tension as the old world lies shot to pieces, yet never saying die, as a new order struggles into life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 2 July 2008
Format: DVD
These episodes are from season one, which are the five black and white episodes that were originally 'interspersed' with the colour ones. This was because filming had been interrupted by the infamous Strike which had resulted in the said episodes not being done in colour. As a consequence, they have become much sought after and rarely seen. They were only ever aired the once by ITV - their original showing, despite any subsequent re-runs of the series there may have been. As Jean Marsh (Rose) once told me; these black and white episodes were among some of the best that were ever done! They will also help to fill in gaps for those who never saw them, and as to what happened during those missing years: 1903 - 1907, and also will reveal the destiny of some of the characters that appeared to 'vanish' for no apparent reason; some of whom later returned, and others who were never seen again...

This first season is what certainly resulted in 'Upstairs, Downstairs' taking off in the way that it did, and becoming such a massive success. It was an immediate 'hit' with the viewers, and the closing episode which left the son of the household involved in a scandalous affair with one of the housemaids, and the daughter, his sister, marrying a homosexual poet, was certainly guaranteed to bring viewers back for the second season!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Schwedenfan on 20 Oct. 2002
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Upstairs Downstairs is my absolute favourite serie, I've taped them all and believe me it's quite a lot of tape, but I watch it over and over again !!! It takes me to a time I would have loved to live in, life was more relaxed then and so many novelties were about to be discovered! I imagine myself also working downstairs with Rose, Mrs.Bridges, Mr. Hudson and all the others.
Allthough they 'fight' a lot among each other, they form a family of their one..they go through so much together and with the Bellamy Family!!! I can't help myself..I love that series!!
Finally it's appearing on DVD and I can watch it over and over again....super!!!!!!!!!
Frans Berkers - Holland
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