One of the most loved television series of all time is brought back to life with a fresh cast and sumptuous production values. It’s 1936, and six years since parlour maid Rose left 165 Eaton Place, fate brings her back, as housekeeper to its new owners: Sir Hallam and his wife Lady Agnes, and Maud, Lady Holland, his mother. Rose soon finds she has her work cut out as she recruits a new ‘downstairs’ family to help run the the elegance and finery of the ‘upstairs’ world, but in both, it soon becomes apparent there lies a labyrinth of secrets, lies and scandal. Set against the historical backdrop of a Britain with a new King, with sexual, social and political tensions, this new series provides an evolving take on the master-servant relationship.
The cast includes Dame Eileen Atkins (Gosford Park), Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes), Ed Stoppard (Brideshead Revisited), Claire Foy (Little Dorrit), Jean Marsh (Sense & Sensibility), Anne Reid (Bleak House), Art Malik (Ben Hur), Neil Jackson (Flashforward), Adrian Scarborough (Cranford), Helen Bradbury (Lennon Naked), and Ellie Kendrick (The Diary of Anne Frank).
The New Upstairs Downstairs SEASON 2 originally premiered in the UK from February 19 to March 25, 2012
Episode #2-1: A Faraway Country About Which We Know Nothing
Wednesday, July 31 at 9pm ET/6pm PT
As 165 Eaton Place reopens its doors, two new arrivals make their mark. But whilst Sir Hallam’s forthright aunt Blanche disrupts life upstairs, feisty new maid Beryl struggles to adjust to life in service.
Episode #2-2: The Love That Pays the Price
Wednesday, August 7 at 9pm ET/6pm PT
Lady Agnes catches the eye of charismatic American millionaire Caspar Landry but, as she and Sir Hallam look to their future, a tragic turn of events leaves their promised dreams, and a close family member, in jeopardy.
Episode #2-3: A Perfect Specimen of Womanhood
Wednesday, August 14 at 9pm ET/6pm PT
Blanche comes face to face with her former lover when a scandalous novel is published and when the passion between the pair reignites, begins to consider a life away from Eaton Place.
Episode #2-4: All the Things You Are
Wednesday, August 21 at 9pm ET/6pm PT
Harry’s desire to impress Beryl leads him and Johnny into the world of boxing and, as their big fight draws ever closer, the boys are determined to reign victorious. Upstairs, as she and Sir Hallam drift further apart, Lady Agnes is reacquainted with a familiar face.
Episode #2-5: The Last Waltz
Wednesday, August 28 at 9pm ET/6pm PT
As 165 Eaton Place prepares for the Annual Servant’s Ball, Mr Pritchard enjoys a romance with fellow servant Miss Whisset, and starts to wonder if there’s more to life than service.
Episode #2-6: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Wednesday, September 4 at 9pm ET/6pm PT
On the eve of war, Beryl and Harry face a race against time to get married. Meanwhile, Mr Pritchard makes a decision which throws the running of 165 into chaos until an old face lends a helping hand.