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Upstairs Downstairs-The Complete 2nd Series
on 13 November 2006
The Bellamy family and their loyal servants return for a 2nd series on this DVD set.
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.