BBC To Bring Back Upstairs, Downstairs
The BBC has announced plans to revive the legendary series, Upstairs Downstairs.
Money saved in rehashing this old format is rumoured to be financing the catering for Chris Moyles’ breakfast show.
Cranford writer Heidi Thomas is writing two new feature-length scripts, set in the same swanky Belgravia address, but 6 years after the end of the final series.
The original saga of the fictional Bellamy family house – where the upper crust ate and frolicked on the top floors and the servants dwelled down below – was originally set in the early part of the last century, from the end of Queen Victoria’s reign through World War I and up to the Great Depression.
TV boss Piers Wenger said: “We are delighted to have secured the rights with the full blessing and support of the original co-creators. This is not a remake but a completely new version, set in a different era with a whole new cast of characters.”
Minutes later he confirmed that original cast member Jean Marsh will even be reprising her old role as Rose the parlourmaid.
American’s TV channels are said to be delighted with the news. For several years, the show was the most popular thing on television (with the exception of Sesame Street.)