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Upstairs Downstairs: Season 2 (1972-1973)

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The second season of the acclaimed British dramatic series "Upstairs Downstairs", deals with the disintegration of the class structure in Edwardian England played out in the microcosm of the Bellamy household in London. Lawrence and Elizabeth return from their honeymoon, with their marriage already on the rocks. James' affair with Sarah the maid is exposed when she falls pregnant. Meanwhile Lady Marjorie has to contend with a blackmailer, and turns to her chauffer Thomas for help.

Cast

David Langton
as Richard Bellamy
Angela Baddeley
as Mrs. Bridges
Rachel Gurney
as Lady Marjorie Bellamy
Nicola Pagett
as Elizabeth Bellamy Kirbridge
John Alderton
as Thomas Watkins
Ian Ogilvy
as Lawrence Kirbridge
Donald Burton
as Julius Karekin
Simon Williams
as James Bellamy
Charles Gray
as Partridge
Patsy Smart
as Roberts
Dorothy Frere
as Mrs. Fellowes
Perry Desmmond
as Michael Dooley
Lockwood West
as King Edward
Raymond Huntley
as Sir Geoffrey Dillon
Cathleen Nesbitt
as Lady Southwold
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Critic Reviews for Upstairs Downstairs: Season 2

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

This second season of the show's reincarnation turns out to be markedly more entertaining than the first. It's got a better, more engaging story and just generally has its rhythm back.

October 7, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Frankly, it's a dispiriting season and I won't miss the show nearly as much as I'll miss Blake Ritson's charming turn as Sir Hallam's royal friend, the Duke of Kent.

October 7, 2012 | Full Review…
Philadelphia Daily News

[Upstairs Downstairs] can't help but suffer by comparison to the livelier cultural phenom of Downton Abbey.

October 7, 2012 | Full Review…
TV Guide

The show careens from black humor to near tragedy and then back again. It's a hard tone to master and not always maintained but preferable to the sugar-swathed world of Downton.

October 7, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Boston Herald

No sooner has "Upstairs" veered toward farce than it redeems itself, again and again.

October 7, 2012 | Full Review…
Wall Street Journal
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Even if "Upstairs" doesn't quite rise to public TV's top tier, it's indicative of a service that clearly and happily has upped its game.

October 7, 2012 | Full Review…
Variety
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