Upstairs Downstairs (2010) short review


I admit it — I’ve never been able to watch the original series, as I have a hard time getting past bad 1970s videography. So color me thrilled that the BBC has come out with a new season, set in the 1930s and starring Keeley Hawes as the lady of the house, Eileen Atkins as her mother in law, with Jean Marsh reprising her role from the earlier seasons as the housekeeper. This series goes very interestingly into pre-WWII English fascism. The costumes are, of course, beautiful… and the art deco set design is just fabulous!


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

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  1. SarahV

    Just realized after picking around on the internet that Claire Foy is in this, as the flibbertigibbet flapper relation with a Nazi fixation (that’s her in red on the piano…. not very Elizabeth Windsor-y of her).