For those wanting to know when the remake of Upstairs, Downstairs will be back, it appears that it will air around Christmas time. They're currently filming in Leamington and in two studios (at Bridgend and Pontypridd) in Wales.
From BBC Press Release
Set in 1936, the three, hour-long episodes, to be broadcast on BBC One, will take viewers, old and new, back to the lavish world of Belgravia, London.
A new set of occupants will reside at the iconic address and viewers will see how external and internal influences of the tumultuous pre-war period shape and mould the lives of this wealthy family and their servants.
Upstairs, Keeley Hawes is Lady Agnes Holland, the beautiful, spirited and socially ambitious woman who plans to take society by storm. Her husband and master of the house, diplomat Sir Hallam Holland, has his work cut out keeping the peace between his wife and mother and will be played by Ed Stoppard.
Dame Eileen Atkins will play Maud, Lady Holland – the straight-speaking mother-in-law who causes sparks to fly as soon as she arrives. And Claire Foy plays Lady Persephone – the beautiful, younger sister of Lady Agnes who refuses to adhere to the rules of 165 Eaton Place.
Downstairs, Jean Marsh reprises her role as Rose Buck – and is now the reliable housekeeper. Anne Reid will play Mrs Thackeray, the resident cook, Adrian Scarborough plays the highly strung, teetotal butler, Mr Pritchard and Art Malik plays Mr Amanjit, loyal servant to Maud.
The revival has been written by award-winning writer Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Madame Bovary, Ballet Shoes, I Capture the Castle).
Of taking the audience back to 165 Eaton Place, she says: "Bringing 165 Eaton Place back to life has been the greatest honour and privilege of my career. It really is a dream come true for me, and I am thrilled that our actors feel the same."
The original series, created by Jean Marsh and Dame Eileen Atkins was first broadcast in 1971. It was an international success – winning seven Emmys, two Baftas and a Golden Globe.
Jean Marsh says: "This series has been beautifully cast and I was completely enthralled listening to them bring the scripts to life at the read through. I feel very happy and very comfortable – I feel very lucky. For the rest of the cast it was their first episode of Upstairs Downstairs. For me, it was my 56th. I am very much looking forward to the start of filming and I am very much looking forward to returning to 165 Eaton Place."
Upstairs Downstairs will begin filming in south Wales in early August.
Piers Wenger, Head of Drama BBC Cymru Wales says: "Upstairs Downstairs is not just one of the most loved and famous series in the history of British television but of television all over the world. Heidi Thomas' scripts have already attracted an irresistible cast, led by Jean Marsh and Dame Eileen Atkins, and I cannot wait to see this peerless drama brought back to life."
Upstairs Downstairs is a co-production with Masterpiece on PBS.
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* Christmas airdate mentioned by Radio Times, and podcast by David Stephenson