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Just a quick note to let any readers of this blog in the UK know that the Daily Mail newspaper is giving away DVDs of the first series of the original Upstairs Downstairs every day this week, starting today, January 15. You have to pick up the DVDs from Tesco, WH Smith or Eason. As usual with their giveaways, you can also send off tokens from the newspaper and pay for postage and packing to get the set.

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I was intrigued today to see an article in the Daily Telegraph about a new follow-up series to 1970s hit Upstairs, Downstairs being made, with Jean Marsh returning as Rose, now a housekeeper, and Dame Eileen Atkins also expected to star.

The original series was made by ITV but this will now be made by the BBC – Heidi Thomas, who did the screenplay for Cranford, is writing the script. ITV has a drama on a similar theme in production, Downton Abbey. It seems as if you wait ages for a series about the family and servants in a great house, then two come along at once!;)

 I’ve only seen bits and pieces of the original series of Upstairs Downstairs, so will have to try to catch up with some of it before the new one starts! Anyway, good to see the BBC making another costume drama – this one will begin around 1930.

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