Monday, April 11, 2011

Seems like old times....

1975 Volvo Station Wagon

" Upstairs, Downstairs " is back.
These words are bound to drive many a pbs tote bag using medicare recipient into a Bieber like frenzy. Even I , at my advanced age, was too young to watch the first instalment of this exalted series. For sixty eight Sundays from 1974- 1777, Americans could forget about the horror of their own Government falling apart and just feel the joy of an uber* rich Edwardian family going down with the Titanic ( don't worry the diamonds made it back to Belgravia! )
I can recall this being on television, but I am sure it was not the original run, remember this is pre surfing tv, when you had to a) walk over and change the channel, and b) there were only a few choices [ shocking to you younger readers, people watched ONLY one entire program at a time.. crazy I know ]
With the huge success of  last years DOWNTOWN ABBEY , the BBC folk dug into their vast archives and dusted off their one time standard bearer. The original series covered over thirty years of British history, going from 1903 to 1930, and this one pics up, with an all new family in the fantastic townhouse, in 1936. It played over Christmas on the BBC and made it to PBS last night with episode one.
Jean Marsh slips back into her  Emmy winning maids uniform thirty five years after taking it off the last time..
Even if you are not a fan of the Masterpiece Costume Drama ( although I can not imagine ANY k+b reader NOT ..) you may have to watch this one if ONLY because the New York Times printed this sentence, which is one I really must have in my own obituary.
"While Ms. Atkins wasn’t in the first iteration, which ran on PBS from 1974 to 1977 and was one of the most successful series in its history, here she takes up her rightful place as a meddling intruder, sweeping into her son’s elegant town house unannounced after 30 years overseas, accompanied by an Indian manservant and a pet monkey." ( ie : "Mr. Crawford passed at the ripe old healthy age of 105  accompanied by an Indian manservant and a pet monkey....")

You can see the first instalment HERE, and catch the next two over the next two Sundays on your local PBS station. ( then join your local pledge drive, things are getting tough over there, and if we want anything on tv other than screaming housewives...)

Watch the full episode. See more Masterpiece.

* why is it so damn hard to type an umlaut on a freaking
 microsoft keyboard!  You folks who have 
never used an Apple computer .....

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