TV filming of 'Upstairs Downstairs' remake :: Shared Description
From BBC website (2009):
'Award-winning Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Madame Bovary, Ballet Shoes) is writing two new feature length scripts for transmission on BBC One in 2010. Set in 1936 in the same iconic house 165 Eaton Place in London's Belgravia, the sumptuous drama is set to delight fans old and new. Jean Marsh will reprise her role of Rose, the parlourmaid, returning to the house as housekeeper to its new residents, the wealthy and well-connected Holland family. Heidi Thomas will create a new role for Dame Eileen Atkins.
We rejoin the world of Upstairs Downstairs in the years leading up to the Second World War. Times are changing and servants are no longer cheap and obedient; Rose soon finds she has her work cut out. Meanwhile, in the wider world, Edward VIII has ascended the throne, fascism is on the rise, and Europe is inching towards catastrophe.
Upstairs Downstairs will be relaunched as two x 90-minutes in 2010, made in-house by BBC Wales Drama. Upstairs Downstairs is a co-production with Masterpiece on PBS.'
And (August 2010):
'Filming of a BBC Wales remake of Upstairs, Downstairs has begun with Keeley Hawes, of Ashes to Ashes and Spooks fame, leading a top-flight cast. Film crews this week transformed Cardiff into fashionable 1930s Belgravia, London, as they shot the first of three hour-long episodes to be screened on BBC One. The National Museum Cardiff in Cathays Park was draped with banners featuring the logo of Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists. Hawes was also spotted filming a scene on location in Bute Street, along with co-stars Claire Foy, Jean Marsh and Neil Jackson and filming is set to continue at the BBC’s Llandaff studios for another seven weeks.'
In September 2010 the east side of Clarendon Square, Leamington, was closed to the public for three days. The road surface was covered with gravel and a few small changes made to the buildings. According to members of the production crew, the programmes are due to be screened at Christmas 2010.
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Created: Sun, 12 Sep 2010, Updated: Sun, 12 Sep 2010
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