Upstairs Downstairs (2010–2012)
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A Perfect Specimen of Womanhood 

Blanche is discomforted when married authoress Portia Alresford publishes a spicy best seller, 'The Golden Blaze', a thinly disguised account of their lesbian affair. Their true identities ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Byrne

Writers:

Heidi Thomas (created by), Heidi Thomas | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Haddock ... Beryl Ballard
Ami Metcalf ... Eunice McCabe
Ed Stoppard ... Sir Hallam Holland
Nico Mirallegro ... Johnny Proude
Keeley Hawes ... Lady Agnes Holland
Alex Kingston ... Dr. Blanche Mottershead
Claire Foy ... Lady Persephone Towyn
Emilia Fox ... Lady Portia Alresford
Anne Reid ... Mrs. Clarice Thackeray
Adrian Scarborough ... Mr. Warwick Pritchard
Hermione Gulliford ... Lavinia Godfrey
Art Malik ... Mr. Amanjit Singh
Blake Ritson ... The Duke of Kent
Neil Jackson ... Harry Spargo
Brid Brennan ... Miss Poulson
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Blanche is discomforted when married authoress Portia Alresford publishes a spicy best seller, 'The Golden Blaze', a thinly disguised account of their lesbian affair. Their true identities are exposed in the press, angering Sir Hallam and dividing staff opinion. And, whilst Portia wants the affair to resume, Blanche knows that this can never be. Lady Agnes, keen to assume more child care duties, annoys Beryl by switching her job to housemaid, giving both her and kitchen maid Eunice more work to do. Beryl goes to a staff agency, the Girls' Friendly Society, whose Miss Poulson forces Lady Agnes to improve staff working conditions, making her see the folly of her ways. Lady Persie tells Hallam that she is pregnant, but all these events are over-shadowed by the German invasion of Czechoslovakia, making war a far more realistic possibility than before. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Claire Foy (Lady Persephone Towyn) & Ed Stoppard (Sir Hallam Holland) also worked together on The Crown (2016) as Queen Elizabeth II & Tony Longdon respectively. See more »

Soundtracks

The Music of Upstairs and Downstairs: Upstairs Downstairs Theme
Written by Alexander Faris
Performed by Carl Davis
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