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Victoria is dead; Edward is King. Upstairs is the family; downstairs the servants. When actresses Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins devised the original series in the 1970s, it was because they felt the role of the working class was being airbrushed out of period TV dramas. The series was initially planned to focus on Downstairs. “But we decided we wanted it to be about both servants and masters,” says Marsh. “And in a way, that’s why it was such a wonderfully easy idea, because there are so many stories you can do about different classes rubbing up against each other.”
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The series follows the lives of both the family and servants in the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place. Richard Bellamy, the head of the household, is a member of Parliament, and his wife a member of the titled aristocracy. Below stairs, Hudson, the Scottish butler directs and guides the other servants about their tasks and (sometimes) their proper place. Real-life events from 1903-1930 are incorporated into the stories of the Bellamy household.
7 Emmys, 2 BAFTAs, a Peabody, and a Golden Globe later, the original 1970s Upstairs Downstairs series went on to reach one billion people in 70 countries! Now Canadians can relive, or discover, the perennially fascinating series.
Upstairs Downstairs S3: Hudson (Gordon Jackson)
Upstairs Downstairs S3: Ruby (Jenny Tomasin) and Mrs. Bridges (Angela Baddeley)
Upstairs Downstairs S3: At the servants table
Upstairs Downstairs S3: Sir Geoffrey Dillon (Raymond Huntley)
Upstairs Downstairs S3: (L to R) Hudson (Gordon Jackson), Richard Bellamy (David Langton), Mrs. Bridges (Angela Baddeley), James Bellamy (Simon Williams) and Rose (Jean Marsh)
Upstairs Downstairs S3: Richard Bellamy (David Langton), Hudson (Gordon Jackson)
Upstairs Downstairs S3: Rose (Jean Marsh)
Upstairs Downstairs S3: Mrs. Bridges (Angela Baddeley)
Upstairs Downstairs S3: Hazel Bellamy (Meg Wynn Owen) and James Bellamy (Simon Williams)
Upstairs Downstairs S3: Sarah (Pauline Collins)
Upstairs Downstairs S3: Hudson (Gordon Jackson) and Richard Bellamy (David Langton)
Upstairs Downstairs S3: Main Cast
Upstairs Downstairs Classic Series 3 - Cast
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#3-13: A SUDDEN STORM
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 10pm ET/7 PT
A downstairs dalliance and a happy outing to a seaside resort divert the staff as war looms on the European continent.
#4-1: A PATRIOTIC OFFERING
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 10pm ET/7 PT
In a gesture of goodwill, the Bellamys offer generous hospitality to a family of Belgian refugees and Edward is feeling increased pressure to enlist.
#4-2: NEWS FROM THE FRONT
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10pm ET/7 PT
James is home on leave and offers a realistic account of what is really happening on the front and Daisy and Edward announce their engagement to Hudson.
#4-3: THE BEASTLY HUN
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 10pm ET/7 PT
The sinking of the Lusitania has Hudson on a tirade and his anti-German fervor pervades the servants hall. Upstairs, Richard is made Civil Lord of the Admiralty in the newly-formed coalition government.
#4-4: WOMEN SHALL NOT WEEP
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 10pm ET/7 PT
Edward and Daisy marry before he’s sent to France and Georgina becomes a volunteer nurse.
#4-5: TUG OF WAR
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10pm ET/7 PT
James yearns for a regimental post at the front and Rose volunteers to become a conductorette as the war rages on.
#4-6: HOME FIRES
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 10pm ET/7 PT
Lady Prudence hijacks the Bellamy drawing room for an officers tea party and in her new job as conductress, Rose collects a fare from a very special passenger.
#4-7: IF YOU WERE THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 10pm ET/7 PT
Hazel romances a shy pilot with mad abandon, James and Georgina meet in France on the eve of a major military campaign.
#4-8: THE GLORIOUS DEAD
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 10pm ET/7 PT
Sadly, perhaps inevitably, tragic news arrives for someone at Eaton Place.
#4-9: ANOTHER YEAR
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 10pm ET/7 PT
At the end of a very difficult year, the New Year is full of hope and augurs well, especially for Richard Bellamy.
#4-10: THE HERO’S FAREWELL
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10pm ET/7 PT
Lady Prudence finally gets hold of the Bellamy drawing room for a worthy cause.
#4-11: MISSING BELIEVED KILLED
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 10pm ET/7 PT
Their nerves in tatters, Hazel and Richard do all they can to unearth any information about James.
#4-12: FACING FEARFUL ODDS
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 10pm ET/7 PT
Virginia Hamilton returns to Eaton Place, seeking Richard’s advice on an urgent matter.
#4-13: PEACE OUT OF PAIN
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10pm ET/7 PT
While James is convalescing, Richard proposes to Mrs. Hamilton, Edward comes home, and Hazel comes down with the Spanish flu as the war draws to an end.
UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS SERIES 5 BEGINS WED., SEPT. 4, 2013.