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Upstairs Downstairs: Season 1 (1971-1972)




Critic Consensus: An update of the classic series, this edition of Upstairs, Downstairs isn't quite as riotous as the original, but it still outshines most of its contemporaries.


Air date: Jan 6, 1974
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The first season of the popular BBC drama "Upstairs Downstairs" introduces us to the aristocratic Bellamy family and the servants who tend them. Set in a large townhouse in Edwardian London, 165 Eaton Place is revealed to be the scene of scandal, heartbreak and class division across the first 13 episodes. As Lady Marjorie embarks on an affair, her daughter Elisabeth returns from boarding school and straight into the arms of a liberal poet. Meanwhile the servants deal with a surprise pregnancy, … More

Network: PBS
Premiere Date: Jan 6, 1974


David Langton
as Richard Bellamy
Angela Baddeley
as Mrs. Bridges
Nicola Pagett
as Elizabeth Bellamy
Raymond Huntley
as Sir Geoffrey Dillon
Simon Williams
as James Bellamy
Ian Ogilvy
as Lawrence Kirbridge
Patsy Smart
as Roberts
Rachel Gurney
as Lady Marjorie Bellam...
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (12)

The performances are precise and beautifully detailed, as are the characterizations in Thomas' script.

Full Review… | April 10, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Upstairs Downstairs" continues to inspire imitators.

Full Review… | April 10, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's just a touch of the veddy, veddy humor that helps make everything so delightful before the world intrudes into Masterpiece Classic's revival of Upstairs Downstairs.

Full Review… | April 10, 2011
Philadelphia Inquirer
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There are many moments to love in "Upstairs Downstairs."

Full Review… | April 10, 2011
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's all damnably delightful in the way that only English narratives about the inevitability and easy familiarity of the class system can be.

Full Review… | April 10, 2011
Top Critic

"Upstairs Downstairs" sticks to the rules established by the original and defies the odds by being as good, and in some ways, even better.

Full Review… | April 10, 2011
New York Times
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