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The freshly polished silver sparkles in the light of the chandelier; the fragrance of fresh flowers fills the air; as the hustle and bustle of service sweeps through the rooms, the staff prepare for the long anticipated return of the Master and Lady of the house...

Set in the year preceding the Second World War, 165 Eaton Place reopens its doors and welcomes viewers back into the enrapturing lives of its inhabitants, both upstairs and down.

Now a well established and thriving household in the heart of London, life in Eaton Place has moved on: Lady Agnes (Keeley Hawes) and Sir Hallam's (Ed Stoppard) family is complete with the addition of two small children and London has settled into an uneasy peace with the apparent aversion of war.

But all is not quite what is seems... unwilling to dismiss the threat of Hitler and driven by a crusading compulsion to protect his country and save the vulnerable, Sir Hallam is drawn into dangerous waters which threatens all that he holds dear. Lady Agnes, with her family complete, and her husband increasingly otherwise engaged, begins to question her position and look for a more fulfilling role in life. And as Sir Hallam's forthright aunt, Dr Blanche Mottershead (Alex Kingston), makes herself comfortable in 165, her progressive views and unconventional lifestyle lead to a revelation which shakes Eaton Place to its very core...

Meanwhile, as life downstairs adjusts to the absence of Rose, the introduction of spirited new nursery maid Beryl (Laura Haddock) sees changes spiral further than anticipated. And when a pivotal revelation about another member of staff comes to light, the consequences have a far reaching and heart breaking impact...

There may be two families living in 165 - one upstairs and one down - but their fates are intimately linked. With both upstairs and down harbouring life changing secrets and the menace of war creeping ever closer, the smooth running of Eaton Place threatens to come crashing to shattering halt. However, as romance, heartbreak and intrigue engulf the household, its inhabitants are to discover that the real threat to 165 is closer to home...

Background: The 1970's series

The original series of Upstairs Downstairs was a worldwide sensation, and the show is still known and loved in 70 different countries. Its countless awards include seven Emmys, two BAFTAs and a Golden Globe.

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