BBC orders more Upstairs Downstairs

Upstairs DownstairsThe BBC has ordered a series of its Upstairs Downstairs revival which aired over Christmas a three-part mini-series starring Jean Marsh, Eileen Atkins and Keeley Hawes.


Upstairs DownstairsThe BBC has confirmed it has ordered a series of Upstairs Downstairs following the successful three-part revival over Christmas. The BBC revived the legendary Edwardian drama for the festive period with three episodes airing over consecutive nights with Jean Marsh reprising her role of Rose Buck from the original series. The new Upstairs Downstairs was set in 1936 with a new family moving into 165 Eaton Place against the backdrop of fascism on the rise in England and the rest of Europe.


The three-part series was written by Cranford writer Heidi Thomas and starred Marsh alongside Eileen Atkins, Keeley Hawes, Ed Stoppard, Claire Foy, Anne Reid and Ark Malik.


Below is the BBC Press Release:


Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One, confirmed today that Upstairs Downstairs has been recommissioned and will return with a 6 x 60-minute series in 2012.


“The return of Upstairs Downstairs was fantastically well-received but what drove us to recommission was the wonderfully imaginative and distinctive plans the team have to take the drama forward.” – Danny Cohen


The hugely anticipated revival of the legendary Upstairs Downstairs starring Dame Eileen Atkins and Jean Marsh was a smash hit with audiences old and new on BBC One this Christmas, attracting an average of 8.4 million viewers across the three episodes.


“For me, going back to Eaton Place feels like opening a jewel box – the house is packed with gems. The Holland family and their servants are set for an extraordinary year, and I am thrilled to be their guardian during this momentous chapter.” – Heidi Thomas


The six episodes will return next year and chart a period of social change in Britain in which class structures and relationships between master and servant are tested to their limits. The new series will portray a society in its endgame.


“Upstairs Downstairs is the BBC’s biggest drama series launch, alongside Sherlock, since Doctor Who in 2005. When it returns in the first half of next year viewers will find everything they loved at Christmas, but with bold new stories that shed a fascinating light on a changing society. A huge shock will ensure events at 165 Eaton Place are never the same again.” – Ben Stephenson


Upstairs Downstairs was recommissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One and Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning. Made by BBC Cymru Wales Drama, the executive producers are Piers Wenger, Heidi Thomas and Kate Harwood. Upstairs Downstairs is a co-production with Masterpiece on PBS. Originally co-created by Jean Marsh, Dame Eileen Atkins and Sagitta Productions.