Upstairs, Downstairs: Complete Series
Upstairs: the wealthy, aristocratic Bellamys. Downstairs: their loyal and lively servants. For nearly 30 years, they share a fashionable townhouse at 165 Easton Place in London's posh Belgravia neighborhood, surviving social change, political upheaval, scandals, and the horrors of the first World War.
The most popular and successful British drama series in televisions history, Upstairs, Downstairs won seven Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody. This epic saga of life and love in Edwardian England captivated viewers for five heart-tugging, humorous and satisfying seasons. Seen by a billion people in over 40 countries, it's beloved around the world.
The ensemble cast of top British actors includes Jean Marsh (Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse), Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine), David Langton (The Spoils of War), Gordon Jackson (The Professionals), Simon Williams (Sword of Honour), and Lesley-Anne Down (North and South). "One of the brightest gems ever to come over the ocean from the British" - The Washington Post.
Set between 1903 and 1909, Series One introduces Sir Richard Bellamy and his elegant wife, Marjorie, who reside upstairs with their dissolute son, James, and headstrong daughter, Elizabeth. Living and working downstairs are Hudson, the proper butler; Mrs. Bridges, the garrulous cook; the calm and watchful maid Rose; and many more. In this Emmy Winner for outstanding drama series, love blooms, tragedy strikes, scandals are avoided, and wedding bells sound.
Series Two follows the years 1908 to 1910. New bride Elizabeth is far from blissful, and James learns that he's about to become a father. appalled by the children's antics, Lord and Lady Bellamy fight to save the family name. Downstairs, Sarah the maid causes trouble, and Thomas the chauffeur works his own devious angles. Finally, a royal visit marks the most famous episode of this Emmy-winning season.
In the years between 1912 and 1914, King Edward VII is dead and war looms. Inside Eaton Place, Sir Richard hires a new secretary, Hazel Forrest, and a beautiful young woman, Georgina Worsley, joins the Bellamy household. Meanwhile, a gold-digging French countess catches Sir Richard's eye, and Rose finds love. This season won the Emmy and Golden Globe for best drama series and an Emmy for best actress.
Series Four takes place during the Great War, from 1914-18, and no one is unaffected. James lights in the trenches of France, leaving his wife, Hazel, to manage the household. Ruby departs Eaton Place for a job in a munitions factory. Georgina trains as a nurse, and Rose drives a bus. Tragedy strikes upstairs and down, but Lord Richard, long widowed, finds love once more. This season won two Emmys, including outstanding limited series.
The fifth and final series portrays the post-war period of 1919 to 1930. It's the Roaring '20s, and Georgina and her wealthy friends just want to celebrate. Lord and Lady Bellamy begin their new life together, Hudson the butler behaves oddly, and James disgrace his family one last time. This season won an Emmy for outstanding drama series and the prestigious Peabody Award.