brbengalgal New Orleans Saints Fan Member since Aug 2010 3007 posts
re: Upstairs Downstairs (Posted on 10/3/12 at 6:56 am to Kafka)
I am recording it but I haven't watched any episodes yet. I saw an interview with Keely Hawes a while back and was interested in this show. (I liked her in MI5)I think she married a guy from MI5. She looks a lot like Keira Knightly doesn't she?
re: Upstairs Downstairs (Posted on 10/3/12 at 8:15 am to Kafka)
The original Upstairs/Downstairs is the best. It is the show that pretty much established Masterpiece Theater, and is still considered to be the best to ever appear on that show.
Upstairs generally covers the same timeframe, but it starts about a decade earlier. The setting is a large London townhouse instead of a country estate. The same socialogical and technological changes are covered but in a different way.
It can't match Downton's budget or production values, but it does a great job with what it has. It's in color, although the first 2 or 3 episodes were filmed in black and white due to some technician strike that was going on at the time.
Downton's pacing is probably a bit quicker, but I think Upstair's pacing is good. It's main drawback compared to Downton is that it doesn't have Maggie Smith.
I haven't been able to get into the reboot at all. Maybe it's like Godfather 3, a solid show that just pales in comparison to the original.