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

Gordon Jackson , David Langton , Bill Bain , Christopher Hodson    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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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 (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009Z4SW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,564 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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,

Product Description

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.

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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars at last! a fascinating insight 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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5.0 out of 5 stars evocative 10 Feb 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Who will win the Peace? 3 Sep 2001
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best series ever made 20 Oct 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this series again that I hadn't seen for 20 years, when I last watched it dubbed on German TV. It is interesting to see how dramatic styles have changed in that time - there was more dialogue and a lot more for actors to get their teeth into than there is these days on television drama. The characters are strongly drawn and imaginatively played. Mrs. Bridges a legend in her own lunchtime and Mr. Hudson a staunch Scottish fuddy-duddy. The wayward Elizabeth is also a piece of brilliant casting.
However sometimes I found the picture quality disappointing - there were sudden jumps in the picture and the sound that plainly has nothing to do with our player as other DVD's are fine. What a shame and the only slight niggle I have. Still looking forward to the other DVD's in this series though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
You can't help but feel sorry for the Bellamy household as nothing ever seems to be straightforward for them, and they have certainly had more than their fair share of tragedy over the years. Series 5 (part 1) focusses on the years directly after the end of World War 1, as the household embraces the 1920's. Drama unfolds as Lord Richard Bellamy and his new wife Virginia argue strongly about where to live. James Bellamy is lonely and he asks them to move back into Eaton Place with him. He fears that with just him and Georgina Worsley in the house the staff have too little to do, and he feels he may have to give them all notice and then sell the house. Richard wants to move back in but Virginia does not, especially with her young children to consider. Richard quickly learns that Virginia is certainly a force to be reckoned with! James Bellamy decides to enter politics, but will he find the right constituency to represent? Should he really follow in his Father's footsteps or should he listen to sound advice first? Georgina also decides that a wild party would be fun, but unfortunately tragedy once again envelopes Eaton Place. The new governess meets her match and realises that in the end she will never triumph over the formidable Rose Buck, newly appointed lady's maid to Lady Virginia Bellamy! Mr Hudson also learns a harsh lesson regarding other members of household staff, and it is a bitter pill to swallow, even for him. There is an awful lot of drama, fun and excitement contained in these first eight episodes of the final series of Upstairs Downstairs. Although I am too young to remember it when it originally aired I have found it gripping to watch on these reissued videos. I consider this a first class drama series and would recommend it to anyone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a classic.
Published 8 days ago by LUIS GARCIA GARCIA
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best series ever.
Upstairs Downstairs was a great series. Some early episodes were a bit crummy but once it settled down this series really entertained and educated.
Published 6 months ago by Euclid
4.0 out of 5 stars good value
very good value recommend it cant wait to watch it with the family very reasonably priced thanks again thanks again
Published 9 months ago by liz
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
I had the complete set as videos years ago and loved it , I wanted to replace them with DVDs and now have them all . Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs D Jagger
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable period drama for the older generation.
I just happen to like period dramas. I never had time to watch much tv when the series first came out. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Brian Davison.
5.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs Downstairs Series 2 Part 2 VHS 1971
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Published on 24 May 2011 by clothilda
5.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs Downstairs
I am working my way through all 5 series with my 7 year old daughter who absolutely loves it. We have just tearfully finished seies 4 as the First World War draws to a close. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2010 by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs Downstairs - series 4
This series/season has just been as great as the last 3 series/seasons with great cast of Jean Marsh as Rose,Angela Baddeley as Mrs Bridges,Simon Williams as James Bellamy,Lesley... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2009 by abbaman
5.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs/Downstairs lives up to all previous episodes
For the collector of this series it makes a good addition and look forward to purchasing the next one.
Published on 8 Nov 2009 by S. M. Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine drama
I enjoyed all five series of up/down as I call it. Social History as it was. I think it should be shown in schools to teach history in a more human context and not just textbooks... Read more
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