- Actors: Gordon Jackson, Jean Marsh, Angela Baddeley, Rachel Gurney, Nicola Pagett
- Format: Import, PAL, Full Screen, Box set
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Danish
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 4
- Run Time: 650 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B004N7UML8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,656 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Upstairs Downstairs 2 - The Complete Second Series [DVD] (Region 2) (Import)
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Skadinavian Edition, PAL/Region 2 DVD: Subtitles: Danish. Following its television debut in 1971, Upstairs Downstairs quickly became one of television's most enduring achievements. Over five brilliant seasons, millions of enthralled viewers made 165 Eaton Place their home away from home. Upstairs, the Bellamy family negotiated the scandals and successes of the English aristocracy, while downstairs, their loyal staff took a much livelier approach facing the challenges of their own lives. Together, their stories made TV magic.
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Elizabeth(Nicola Pagett)has married Lawrence Kirkbridge(Ian Oglivy)and had Rose(Jean Marsh)and new Man servant Thomas(John Alderton)living in their home.
John Alderton is great as Thomas,the highly cunning servant,who can go from the drop of a hat from easy going man to a very dark individual when crossed.
The Kirkbridge "marriage" dissolves very quickly as Lawrence never sleeps with Elisabeth and she ends up sleeping with a friend of Lawrence's and getting pregnant.
These early episodes in the season although good,make you impatient to get back to Eaton Place and Hudson,Mrs Bridges and Co.
Sarah (Pauline Collins)tells James (Simon Williams)she is pregnant in "Pair of Exiles" and when the news is broken to his parents,Lady Marjorie and Richard Bellamy(Rachel Gurney and David Langton)James is sent to India until the last episode of the season and Sarah is packed off to Southwold,the country estate of Lady Marjorie.
The most famous episode in the 2nd season and probably overall in "Upstairs Downstairs" is "Guest of Honour" when King Edward comes to dinner and in the same episode Sarah returns but loses the baby.
In "A Special Mischief",Rose is imprisoned when trying to stop Elizabeth from taking part in a suffragette act,the brutality of the prison is truely horrible.
Sarah and Thomas eventually pair up and in "Property of A Lady"they both con a rogue out to blackmail Lady Marjorie,due to some love letters from a dead lover and this episode is very similar to the things they both got up to the spinoff series "Thomas and Sarah" which started a few years after "Upstairs Downstairs" finished.
Another really enjoyable episode is "Your Obedient Servant" when Hudson pretends to be a businessman,to impress his successful brother and his family,who are visting London.
The series ends with the death of the King and Lady Marjorie making a comment that the young people will be alright,but all this is just a few years away from the horror of World War One.
Another great DVD from a classic television programme.
The acting was superb, especially from Gordon Jackson as Mr Hudson, the butler. I loved the contrast between the formal "upstairs" and that of the "common" "downstairs", yet with Hudson trying to maintain a balance of the two. It was great seeing how the two different "worlds" lived yet integrated with one another; the one not being able to survive without the other.
This second series is as good as the first and we see a lot more of life outisde of 165 Eaton Place.
I can't wait to get the other 3 series.
The extras were a bit hit and miss, they hadn't read the scripts for the voice overs had they? But interesting to see them as they are now.
Some stories were gripping, while others were not. I thought the costumes were very 70s in choice of colors and designs. This is also very stagey and strong on dialogue (excellent dialogue by the way). I watched over a couple of weeks, a couple of episodes a night, which was mad but I was gripped by the characters and their interrelations. On top of all that, the production is filled with fascinating social commentary which you can pick up or miss as you choose. All in in all, a fitting member of the pantheon of TV greats!
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