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Old 27-12-2010, 02:14   #1
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Upstairs, Downstairs redux

I don't normally watch things like this but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Despite never having seen a single episode of the original, the emotional return of Rose Buck to 165 Eaton Place after 6 years was really well done and didn't need any further explanation.
What's Downton Abbey like in comparison as I've not seen any of that either?
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Old 27-12-2010, 20:54   #2
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I liked it, although not reading or seeing any previews, I was expecting it to be set in the same period as the original.

I don't think it was as good as Casualty 1909, which the aren't making any more of.
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I'm watching with the folks and am enjoying, its fairly interesting period drama and short and sweet (as ends tomorrow)
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I don't normally watch things like this but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Despite never having seen a single episode of the original, the emotional return of Rose Buck to 165 Eaton Place after 6 years was really well done and didn't need any further explanation.
What's Downton Abbey like in comparison as I've not seen any of that either?
Just watched the first episode and thought it wasn't a patch on Downton Abbey. Far too pleased with itself that it was bringing Rose Buck back to 165 (I haven't seen the original either). Hopefully the next couple of episodes will move things forward.

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I'm just watching the first episode of this, and to be honest so far it's not a patch on Downton Abbey - can't put my finger on it, but it's just missing something.
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'Downton Abbey' was much larger in scale, cinematic in its production design, much more densely plotted and employed dramatic subtleties that 'Upstairs Downstairs' doesn't.

That said, for a glitzy soap, it's pretty engaging and even though its handling of pre-WWII politics is a tad heavy-handed (a bit like 'DA', to be fair), I'm enjoying it. Cast is great.
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Pretty naff I thought. A cardboard cut-out collection of oh-so-PC characters (missing only a black lesbian really), heavy-handed political 'plot'... there's potential there but they just seem to have rushed it all together with insufficient thought. Not a patch on Downton Abbey, which my other half forced me to sit through the other day and I actually enjoyed a lot.
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I really liked it, very stylish, & I think it's different enough from Downton Abby to enjoy both of them.
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Thought this was ok, some of the characters were a little too contemporary which did tend to spoil it,though looking at the repeats of the original series the same could be said for that too.


Off topic but how many episodes are there of Downtown Abbey?

(ITV don't show episode no's for this on Freeview)

edit:sok 7, missed recording the first 2

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