The new series of Upstairs Downstairs will feature a lesbian romance.
Warning: Contains spoilers.
The second season of BBC One‘s revival of Upstairs Downstairs will contain a lesbian romance, it has been revealed. The Sun reveals the romance will form part of the storylines for the second season of the drama which will be set in 1938. Upstairs Downstairs returns in February for a six-part second series following its successful revival as a three-part special in 2010.
The lesbian romance will be between Alex Kingston and recently announced guest star Emilia Fox. Kingston joins the cast for the second season as Dr. Blanche Mottershead, the younger sister of Lady Maud Holland (Dame Eileen Atkins) who will not feature in the second series. Meanwhile it was revealed yesterday that Fox would guest star as Lady Portia Alresford.
“They are both very brilliant women intellectually. It is a romance that also has an intellectual dimension, they find an enormous amount of stimulation and satisfaction in one another. There is a real whiff of scandal in the air. When this relationship becomes apparent in the household there are various reactions both upstairs and downstairs. But Blanche (Alex Kingston) does get sympathy from an unexpected place.” – Writer Heidi Thomas as quoted by The Sun
Heidi Thomas was also quick to deny Upstairs Downstairs has been influenced by ITV‘s ratings giant; Downton Abbey. When the three-part revival aired over Christmas 2010 there were inevitable comparisons between the two dramas by the press who also made much of a supposed “ratings war” between the two even though they never aired directly opposite each other. Thomas stated of the new series of Upstairs Downstairs ‘I think this is a whole new chapter for us, we just don’t reference Downton and I have only seen fragments of it myself. We do our own thing. We are London 1938. Downton is a country house, very much at a great distance from everything that is going on.’
Upstairs Downstairs returns to BBC One in the Spring