First Nighter: Upstairs Downstairs Makes Sparkling PBS Return
- It's difficult to pinpoint when the name Masterpiece Theater became a pejorative. Not before the two early and extremely popular WGBH/PBS series The First Churchills an...
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This revival of the classic British series begins in 1936, six years after parlor maid Rose left 165 Eaton Place, and it is set against the backdrop of a Britain with a new king. Fate brings Rose back to the home -- this time as housekeeper for the new owners, Sir Hallam and his wife, Lady Agnes; his mother, Lady Maud, soon arrives with manservant Mr. Singh. Rose tries to recruit a new "downstairs" family to help run the elegance of the "upstairs" world, but she finds that her job isn't easy, for she discovers that -- in both worlds -- there is a labyrinth of secrets, lies and scandals.