Knowing my readers, it is probably no surprise to any of you that there are three new episodes of Upstairs, Downstairs, the 1970s TV classic. What may surprise some of you is that the series finally makes it to the U.S. on Sunday. Hooray.
Not only do I own the complete original series and have watched it many times, but over the years I have also picked up whatever UD-related books I could get my hands on. At only three books it isn’t a huge collection but I think you will agree that it is pretty cool. A novelization of the show, a social history of the period with lots and lots of photos, and a cookery book by Mrs. Bridges.
First the question: Who is your favorite character from the original UD?
Second, here is a little quiz about the original series. No prizes this time, just the ability to call yourself a true Upstairs, Downstairs Fan.
1. Richard’s second wife Virginia, had two children (Alice and her brother whose name I forget). What was Alice’s dog’s name?
EXTRA CREDIT: Since I can’t remember, tell me Alice’s brother’s name.
2. Hudson has a creepy May-September relationship with one of the other servants. What was her name? (This doesn’t include the various episodes that dealt with his relationship with Mrs. B.)
EXTRA CREDIT: In addition to the correct answer, there is a trick in the answers above. Can anyone tell me what it is?
3. Who was the family’s solicitor?
a) Sir Ponsonby Smithers
b) Sir Geoffrey Dillon
c) Sir Charles Freer
d) Sir Edward Elgar
4. Who cheated on whom?
a) Lady Marjorie cheated on Richard
b) Richard cheated on Lady Marjorie
c) Richard cheated on Virginia
d) Edward cheated on Daisy
EXTRA CREDIT: How did Elizabeth lose her virginity?
And who doesn’t love this spoof of Downtown Abbey/Upstairs Downstairs? I think Kim Cattrell plays Lady Grantham perfectly. She sounds just like Elizabeth McGovern.