Sunday, April 10, 2011
upstairs, downstairs, a world made in english
and back to english it is today because today is a historical "englishness" day on public broadcasting.
upstairs downstairs is BACK! my favorite tv series of all time together with brideshead revisited is going a second round and jean marsh is in it again. jean, as you may recall, was the originator of the original series back in the 70's (which i incidentally own, all of it from start to finish, one of the most expensive gifts i've ever given myself and well worth it). i'm ecstatic!
"Upstairs Downstairs," several decades later remains the most famous and fondly remembered series in the history of PBS' prestigious "Masterpiece Theatre."
The late Alistair Cooke, host of Masterpiece Theatre, remarked at the time Upstairs Downstairs ran it's last episode that May 1, 1977, should be declared a national day of mourning.
In that spirit, then, perhaps today should be declared a national day of rejoicing — because almost 34 years later, "Upstairs Downstairs" has returned.
if you're a fan, (and you should be) i'd love to hear what your favorite characters were, favorite chapters, scenes, clothing, customs, anything.
my favorite characters were Mrs. Bridges, the cook and Rose and Sarah ofcourse and Thomas, well you get the idea. i devoured the wholeness of it.