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Wednesday, June 12, 2013


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The BBC Home Entertainment Group does a really great job of using a historical background to create passionate, well-developed characters. Upstairs Downstairs 2 is one of their finest masterpieces. The second season marks the time before WWII when London and this family go through many struggles with their identity. The divisions that are created within the family and within the country are portrayed in an intriguing way. Although there is quite a difference between the aristocratic family and its help, the struggles are equally as interesting. From politics to affairs and economics to social graces each drama sucks you in and makes you want more. The set and house are just as beautiful in this city life and historically correct in its d├ęcor. So please BBC bring it back for another round. 6 episodes this season was not enough. The ending seemed unfinished and I need some loose ends tied up. 

The amazing BBC Entertainment series, "Upstairs, Downstairs" has come out with their second season! I loved watching the first season of the show so I was eager to watch the next series of episodes as soon as possible. The series continues following the lives of our beloved characters as well as three new additions to 165 Eaton Place. The dark clouds of World War 2 hover over everyone in the house and affect everyone differently. I love seeing the historical background incorporated effortlessly into the show. Between this and the personal stories, it makes the show mesmerizing to watch! The costumes and decor in this show are quite excellent as well! They are spot on to the 1930's European time period. I truly hope the series has a third season in the future! I have enjoyed the first two seasons immensely and am dying to see more!

Season two of Upstairs Downstairs drops us at the front door of World War II via 165 Eaton Place. Redone, refreshed, and revisited by BBC Home Entertainment, this is a different story line that continues the adventures of another family, in the same house that held our fascination in the original series. Some of our familiar faces from Season 1 are missing, as Lady Maud has left us. New characters are part and parcel of the household and Lady Agnes is now, as one of the staff says : "..on Mitsouko, as she has gone off Shalimar." The perfume reference might give us a glimpse into the change in depth that is to unfold before us, with it all happening at a fast pace. Details in costuming, as in the cut of a jacket, enfold us in the preparations for war, wrapping us up in intimate involvement. The warm tones of the decade's fashions belie the cold winds of war that swirl around the drama being played out. Pointless to try to maintain any distance from this group. You'll soon develop your favorite characters and delight in their quips. A glimpse through one of the windows of the house closes an episode, as a nod by the director and gives hope for a new dawn tomorrow. Hope for upstairs, and downstairs. With all the drama in this second season, much hope is needed. Layers pile upon themselves in this season. Relationships shift the plot, one episode at a time. The tightly portrayed interaction between up and down begins to show more of the changes taking place in the wide world outside those windows. As we witness the changes happening, we can see the world revolving upon it's axis, both as voyeurs, and as fan of history's twists of fate. 
And now, I just can't wait until season 3!

After watching the first season of Upstairs Downstairs, I couldn't wait to begin the second season. I knew once I started watching, I would have to watch it all. I was not wrong. I was hooked within the first 5 minutes. You could tell that WWII was imminent and what happens with these families leading up to that point. I don't want to give much away because it's so good. I could watch this show again and again. I've even suggested to a friend of mine that we need to watch this together. If you are looking for that perfect gift for the hard to shop for person, look no further than the Upstairs Downstairs series. I highly recommend it! 


One of the most beloved television series of all time returns for a second season in this exquisite new production starring Keeley Hawes (MI-5, Life on Mars), Ed Stoppard (Brideshead Revisited), Claire Foy (Little Dorrit), and Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER). It is now 1938, and 165 Eaton Place has become a well established and thriving household in the heart of London; Lady Agnes and Sir Hallam’s family is complete with the addition of two small children, yet below the surface of a well-run household, both upstairs and downstairs are harboring life-changing secrets. London faces tumultuous times with the threat of the World War II looming and later impacting everyday life, and while romance, heartbreak and revelations engulf the household, its inhabitants discover that the real threat to 165 Eaton Place is much closer to home. Bonus features include: cast and crew interviews. 

Length: Approx. 380 minutes + bonus features / 2-disc set

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