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Upstairs, Downstairs Movie

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Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#1
Posted: 3/6/08 at 1:51pm
The British show "Upstairs, Downstairs" will become a movie. While I liked the show, I really don't see the need for a movie.
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#2
Posted: 3/6/08 at 1:53pm
Another group is doing the same thing with BRIDESHEAD REVISITED.

I'll stick with the TV mini-series.

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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#2
Posted: 3/6/08 at 2:36pm
I loved the show, and am interested to see what they do for the movie.
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#3
Posted: 3/6/08 at 3:31pm
I loved this show and never missed it when it was first shown on PBS. I think it would really be disappointing to me to see other actors playing those characters - Hudson and Mrs. Bridges, Lord and Lady Bellamy, and all the rest. I suppose Jean Marsh could still be Rose but it would be a shock to see her suddenly get so old.

I think I'll stick with my memories (and DVD's if I can ever afford them).
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#4
Posted: 3/6/08 at 3:32pm
Mamie ... we rented the dvds on Netflix a few years back. It was great seeing all the episodes back to back.
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#5
Posted: 3/6/08 at 3:48pm
"we rented the dvds on Netflix a few years back. It was great seeing all the episodes back to back."

That's the way to do it. Set aside a weekend and watch an entire season in one sitting. Make sure you lay in plenty of tea and biscuits.

I also love Pauline Collins in this show. She was so cheeky.
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#6
Posted: 3/6/08 at 3:55pm
One of my favorites was Joan Benham. She played Lady Prudence Fairfax - Lady Marjorie Bellamy's best friend. I don't know why - but I loved to hear her talk! I also loved Jenny Tomasin (Ruby). I would feel so sorry for her and then she'd do something incredibly stupid and I'd get all mad at her.

Edward, Georgina, James, Daisy... Like old friends long gone.
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#7
Posted: 3/6/08 at 3:59pm
"I also loved Jenny Tomasin (Ruby). I would feel so sorry for her"

I love the episode where Mrs. Bridges is away and Ruby does the cooking. She reads Mrs. Bridges writing incorrectly and puts in "bitter" instead of "butter".
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#8
Posted: 3/6/08 at 4:11pm
Ok. This is funny ... when I first saw the show, it was dubbed in spanish. I didn't actually hear them talk until we rented the dvds. And go figure ... they all had accents!
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#9
Posted: 3/6/08 at 4:18pm
That is funny.

Do you remember when the king came to dinner? I think I was as excited as they were!
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#10
Posted: 3/6/08 at 4:20pm
Vaguely ... I remember the preparation, but the dinner not so much.

The last CDs happened when we were breaking up, so I'm vague on those. re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#11
Posted: 3/6/08 at 4:26pm
Once Rachel Gurney (Lady Bellamy) and Nicola Pagett (Miss Elizabeth) left, the show started a down hill slide. The last season is the weakest.
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#12
Posted: 3/6/08 at 4:28pm
I own the entire series on DVD. It's been a while since we watched it so maybe durning the summer we will take it out and watch it again.
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#13
Posted: 3/6/08 at 7:21pm
I agree Gothampc. Lady Bellamy was a solid anchor around which all the others moved in and out. I never realized what a lightweight her husband was until she died. I stayed interested in the downstairs staff but I lost all interest in the upstairs family.
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#14
Posted: 3/6/08 at 7:40pm
I liked Hazel - wasn't that the name of the secretary who fell for Lord Bellamy?
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#15
Posted: 3/6/08 at 7:51pm
Yeah. I didn't like her but I know it was just because I didn't think anybody could (or should) replace Lady B. I think the only marriage I could have accepted was with Pru. She seemed like an extension of Lady B.
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#16
Posted: 3/6/08 at 8:03pm
Hazel was such a wonderful, sad character totally stepped on by the weakling James Bellamy. Rose was such a great character; hell they all were!

One of the best lines: Ruby--"he pinched me bottom!"
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#17
Posted: 3/7/08 at 1:43am
I discovered "Upstairs Downstairs" when I was in fifth or sixth grade, back in the 1970s, and spent the rest of the decade watching "Masterpiece Theatre", which led to my speaking with a British accent for long stretches.

It didn't make me popular in school, but it effective suppressed any traces that I had of a Pittsburgh accent that I may have had.

I still live in Pittsburgh, but people still ask me where I grew up.

But I think that this movie version is just plain dumb. The movie will never have the richness of the series.

Though, I read in an old copy of "After Dark" magazine that there was a Broadway musical version being written by Burton Lane and Sheldon Harnick. That wouldn't have worked either, but I'd love to hear what they had written.
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#18
Posted: 3/7/08 at 8:59am
There was a movie in the talking stage while the series was still in its original run. It's one of the reasons Nicola Pagett gives for leaving the show. She had heard that she would not be in the movie and refused to continue with the series.
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#19
Posted: 3/7/08 at 9:22am
This thread has added to my financial blight. I just ordered the complete series over at Amazon. When the complete series was first released on DVD it went for $259. Amazon now has it for $98 - with free shipping. I couldn't resist.
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#20
Posted: 3/7/08 at 9:40am
Mamie, you know you now have to buy the "Thomas & Sarah" series.


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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#21
Posted: 3/7/08 at 10:45am
It's included!

The total is actually 99.99 and it includes both sets.
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re: Upstairs, Downstairs Movie#22
Posted: 3/7/08 at 10:57am
"It's included!"

Whoa, I may have to buy this. I spent about $600 buying the entire collection on video several years ago.
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