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UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS 5 Seasons 1972

This beautiful period drama is set in 1904 in the privileged world of the Bellamys of Eaton Place Belgravia. It portrays not only the sumptuous lives led by the family but also those of the servants who live downstairs.

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1. ON TRIAL

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

AGES-12-AND-OVER 1 January 1971 50 minutes
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2. THE MISTRESS AND THE MAIDS

It's June 1904 and Lady Marjorie is sitting for her portrait by Guthrie Scone, a Scottish aristocrat turned avant-garde painter.

AGES-12-AND-OVER 1 January 1971 49 minutes
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3. BOARD WAGES

It is August 1904. The Bellamys and their senior servants are away on their summer holidays. The younger servants, left behind to clean the house on reduced pay, indulge in a wild evening of drinking and dressing-up.

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4. THE PATH OF DUTY

It is May 1905. Elizabeth Bellamy, home from abroad and about to make her society debut, shocks her family and the servants by refusing to conform to custom. And at the first grand ball she creates a scandal.

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5. A SUITABLE MARRIAGE

Elizabeth decides not to marry Angus and is captivated by a German baron visiting England at Christmas.

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6. A CRY FOR HELP

October, 1906. During a week when Richard Bellamy is alone in the house, working on a book, he finds the young under - housemaid, Mary, crying as she lays the library fire. He learns of her secret trouble and unwisely promises to help.

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7. MAGIC CASEMENTS

The servants' hall is buzzing with gossip after Lady Bellamy is swept off her feet by a handsome young captain from the North West Frontier Force.

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8. I DIES FROM LOVE

Emily the kitchenmaid falls deeply in love with Mrs van Groeben's young footman, but their relationship is doomed.

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9. WHY IS HER DOOR LOCKED?

On the eve of an important dinner party, Mrs Bridges the cook gets into considerable trouble with the police.

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10. A VOICE FROM THE PAST

Classic drama series. Elizabeth and James Bellamy discover Sarah, their former under-housemaid, starving and homeless in the East End.

AGES-12-AND-OVER 1 January 1972 51 minutes
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11. THE SWEDISH TIGER

The arrival at Eaton Place of James's guest, a Swedish army captain, spells romance and betrayal for parlour maid Sarah.

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12. THE KEY OF THE DOOR

Elizabeth becomes involved with a group of Bloomsbury intellectuals, and comes under the influence of a woman of radical left-wing views.

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13. FOR LOVE OF LOVE

Elizabeth, now 21 years old, is determined to lead a modern, independent life. But it appears as if she is fighting a vain battle against convention.

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Season year 1972
Network itv
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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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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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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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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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Superb TV series but alas NO subtitles for the HOH . The American release for this series on Acorn does have subtitles for all the episodes and has just been released .
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This is season one, which includes the five black and white episodes that are '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!

This set also included two award-winning episodes in: 'I Dies From Love' and 'Why Is Her Door Locked', which involved the suicide of the Irish Kitchen Maid. Ironically, this first set would also include what was to become the 'weakest' and least understood episode: 'The Swedish Tiger'!

Highlights from this Season are marked with an * below.
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