I was lucky enough to find Upstairs, Downstairs at the library a couple of weeks ago? I’d seen it there once a few months back and decided against it at the time, even though Keeley Hawes was in it. I’m sure that’s some sort of blasphemy, isn’t it? Well, anyway, I’ve despaired of ever seeing it there again for borrowing, but when it appeared in front of my eyes that Saturday morning, I snapped it up and watched it the next evening with my mom.
Being largely ignorant of the finer points of the original series from the 1970s, I didn’t quite know what to expect in the 2010 production. It’s actually not a remake at all, but rather a continuation of the story. I knew Jean Marsh. I recognized the name Eileen Adkins. I sort of knew the basic set-up. Of course, I expected Keeley Hawes to be awesome. And she did not disappoint, although her character, Lady Agnes was not the nicest of people. What I didn’t expect was to find it so humorous. I mean, LOL humorous at times. Was that a hallmark of the 1970s program?
It looks like series two has started, or is about to. I reminded my mom of this last weekend when I was at her place for Sunday dinner, and as I made her watch Roman Holiday (finally…I’d never seen it and don’t think I was necessarily missing all that much, even with Rome and Audrey Hepburn being huge parts of the story) and then jumped into a mini-marathon of Law & Order: SVU (because I sort of have a huge crush on Mariska Hargitay). I’ll have to check the Masterpiece listings when I’m there tomorrow night and sweet talk her (my mom, not Mariksa or Keeley, although I’d love to sweet talk either of them) into DVRing it so we can keep up with the story.
In other Keeley news, did you know she was in The Avengers? FINALLY THERE IS A REASON TO REWATCH THIS MOVIE.