Upstairs Downstairs - The Complete Third Series [DVD]
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The complete third series of the popular British television costume drama, set amongst the family and staff at 165 Eaton Place in the early years of the 20th century, home of the politician Richard Bellamy (David Langton). In this series, Hazel (Meg Wynn Owen) takes over the running of the household after Lady Marjorie's death on the Titanic, and former footman to the household arrives asking for help, after being accused of murder. Episodes are: 'Miss Forrest'; 'A House Divided'; 'A Change of Scene'; 'A Family Secret'; 'Rose's Pigeon'; 'Desirous of Change'; 'Word of Honour'; 'The Bolter'; 'Goodwill to All Men'; 'What the Footman Saw'; 'A Perfect Stranger'; 'Distant Thunder'; and 'The Sudden Storm'.
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Upstairs Downstairs" returned for a 3rd series but there were a lot of changes to the cast as Pauline Collins,John Alderton,(Sarah and Thomas)Nicola Paget(Elizabeth Bellamy)had all left the cast although several years later,Pauline Collins and John Alderton had their own spinoff series,"Thomas and Sarah".
The biggest blow to the series was Rachel Gurney(Lady Marjorie Bellamy)deciding to move on and Lady Marjorie is setting of on a cruise to New York in the opening episode "Miss Forrest",when right at the end of the episode,Richard Bellamy decides to cable gram his wife and we learn she is sailing on the "Titanic"!
I can remember watching the reruns in the 80s and being totally shocked at this revelation and the closing shot on Lady Marjorie's photograph is very effective.
Rachel Gurney decided she'd made a mistake but it was too late to change the scripts,so Lady Marjorie goes down with "The Titanic" but her maid,Roberts(Patsy Smart)survives and in the next episode "A House Divided" ,she tells of Lady Marjorie helping a little girl look for her mother on the deck of "The Titanic" and never seeing her again.
Meg Wyn Owen(Hazel Forrest/Bellamy) becomes the new lady of the house when she marries James(Simon Williams)and the staff eventually accept her even though she's only middle class!Read more ›
Meg Wynn Owen (Hazel) joins the cast and we see the hostility of Hudson who with his sense of proprietory and sensing an imbalance in the order of things makes his feelings clear. However, with Hazel managing to defuse a tragic situation over Lady Margery's jewellery, she begins to slowly win over the staff and ends up with Rose becoming devoted to her.
The show highlights how Rose nearly goes to Australia over her whirlwind romance with Gregory but how she changes her mind over it all after his spiteful friend manages to spoil things for her.
We first meet Georgina Worsley and Daisy who become fast friends and get embroiled in their Christmas Day escapade when Georgina persuades Daisy to visit Hoxton and also raid the larder.
The winds of war approach Europe and in the final episode, we see the staff off on a holiday to Herne Bay and it somehow manages to capture perfectly that patriotic fervour that the public were all caught up in right at the outbreak of war.
The very final part of the episode we hear fireworks and church bells ringing out at the outbreak of war in August 1914 and it is hard to believe that such naivety could exist but then no-one really knew what lay in store; particularly as Georgina and her then boyfriend went to a "War Party" at the Ritz. Could such a thing happen today?
The acting is once again strong with the stalwart cast members coming through and cementing their places in the hearts of the viewers.
The cast are all faultless and the contrast between what life was like for people such as the Bellamy family and the servants is very evocatively portrayed. If one didn't appreciate modern life before watching this series, one certainly would afterwards. A true classic. Classic is an overused word, but an entirely proper one to describe this 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.
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I love all the Upstairs/Downstairs series and can watch them whenever I like.Published 8 months ago by Rosemary Oconnell
If you like upstairs downstairs this DVD is for you. Packaged well and well presentedPublished 13 months ago by Stephen
Excellent acting by all, historically interesting and, for language students, of particular interest. Read morePublished on 1 April 2013 by Bill E.R.
I HAD UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS SERIES THREE AND FOUR BUT LENT THEM TO SOMEONE, I CAN'T REMEMBER WHO. BUT DID NOT GET THEM BACK. I WAS OVER THE MOON WHEN I BOUGHT THEM FROM YOU. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2011 by groovy granny
This item was a nightmare. The seller forgot to send it, and when it did eventually arrive, it would not play "in my region" What a waste of time and money. Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2010 by Mrs. J. A. Sampson