Pining for the West

Upstairs Downstairs | November 9, 2009

I was really pleased to discover from enchanted serenity of period films that Upstairs Downstairs is being done by the BBC next year. It will be set around 165 Eaton Place again with Jean Marsh playing the part of Rose as usual. She now has the position of housekeeper and the action takes place in 1936.

When I first heard about this I thought that they were going to do a straight remake, just casting different actors in the parts of Mrs. Bridges and Mr. Hudson and company, which I’m sure would have been disastrous, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Now I’m really looking forward to seeing the updated version, which should be very interesting given what was going on in the country at that time.



  1. Oooh thanks for this Katrina! Sounds very exciting. love Uppy Downy, cannot wait! It was the Duchess of Duke Street for me the other night (dvds) but it so easily could have been Upstairs Downstairs!

    Comment by echostains — November 10, 2009 @ 12:27 am

  2. I’m v excited for this as well. I hadn’t heard that it was a continuation, though, but that pleases me as I like continuity more than remakes.

    Comment by JaneGS — November 12, 2009 @ 7:41 pm

    • Yes. I agree and by 1936 Mr. Hudson and Mrs. Bridges would have been retired if not dead, so we shouldn’t have to put up with new actors taking over their roles. Should be good.

      Comment by piningforthewest — November 12, 2009 @ 9:41 pm

      • Ah but if not dead, they had pledged to marry when they retired. Mr Hudson proposed to Mrs Bridges to get her out of a tight spot when she stole a baby whilst her mind was disturbed (guilt about the suicide of Emily, the young skivvy, by hanging). It was a long engagement (which suited both). BUT in another episode, Mrs Bridges gets her nose put out of joint when Mr Hudson develops a crush on a rather young maid called Lily, who doesn’t reciprocate his feelings. She eventually finds the courage to tell him so. Great series! Plus, Miss Lizzie goes to live in America so that could be one of the threads. If not her, then her offsprings.

        Comment by echostains — November 12, 2009 @ 11:09 pm

      • Yes I remember that they had an ‘understanding’. Lot’s of directions it could go off in. Really looking forward to it. We should have written a continuation ourselves. Would have been a laugh.

        Comment by piningforthewest — November 12, 2009 @ 11:30 pm

  3. Aye it would! Seem to remember that dopey Ruby went off and got herself a job in a munitions factory (tempted by the unheard of wages). But one night she returns crying, with a blackened face and a Fossy jaw (believe their skin turned yellow working with munitions). She swears that she will never leave Eton place again.
    Now, what if Ruby has a secret and that secret is a baby she has farmed out and is sending her wages for its upkeep? She could then go to live with Mr and Mrs Bridges, (as they promised) still trying to keep the secret! No, make that twins, but one dies. Eventually Mrs Hudson finds out and has a right battle on her hands convincing religious Mr Hudson to take Ruby’s child in. The young guard who has seduced Ruby meanwhilst turns out to be the brother of Alfred (the creepy footman who went mad and was hanged). Hey! what about it? bestseller or what lol!

    Comment by echostains — November 12, 2009 @ 11:50 pm

    • Phew, you went into overdrive last night.How about – In an attempt to lure the young guard back to her, Ruby braves the munitions factory again where she is involved in a hoorible explosives accident and dies along with another 52 ‘canaries’ and joins the dead twin in oblivion. Mrs. Hudson vows to bring the surviving twin up and Mr. Hudson concludes that it is all part of God’s plan and they must nurture the child as a strict Presbyterian Calvinist. As the youngster grows up he (or she) inevitably rebels against such an upbringing and the father’s genes break through. As Mr. Mrs Hudson have been pensioned off to a cottage on the estate belonging to Lady Margory’s family, Ruby’s child has come into contact with Miss Elizabeth’s offspring and does the dirty. Game on.

      Comment by piningforthewest — November 13, 2009 @ 11:00 pm

      • LOVING it lol! So in effect, we have the upstairs gene and Downstairs gene coming together and meeting on a kind of landing? lol! I was going to suggest that it could explore Hudsons battle with his religeous teaching (just to give it an edge of seriousness….). Poor Ruby involved in a hoorable accident with her yellow jaw, surrounded by dead canaries! ‘Tis fair prospect I grant you!’ as Darcy would say

        Comment by echostains — November 13, 2009 @ 11:22 pm

  4. Hey and theres more! I’m on a roll now! Now why would a young guard be interested in plain Ruby? Answer because she gets good wages and he has a terrible gambling habit. Where does she meet him? In the park listening to a band. She is out with another girl who is far more worldly than her. It is through her friend that they meet.

    Comment by echostains — November 12, 2009 @ 11:55 pm

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