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Upstairs Downstairs: Revival Cancelled, No Season Three

revival of Upstairs Downstairs cancelledWhile British drama Downton Abbey has become a big success for PBS, the BBC’s revival of Upstairs Downstairs has been cancelled after nine episodes. There won’t be a third series of episodes according to the broadcaster.

The original version of Upstairs Downstairs ran for five seasons and 68 episodes, from 1971 until 1975. The show was revived in 2010, picking up some six years after the end of the original with co-creator Jean Marsh reprising her role as housekeeper Rose Buck.

The first episode of the revival reportedly drew 8.85 million viewers. The other two episodes of the first season attracted 8.13 million and 8.18 million.

Another six episodes began airing this past February, 14 months later, and the numbers diminished over the span of the season. The last episode drew 5.22 million, a 41% decrease when compared to the first installment.

A BBC spokesperson said, “From Call the Midwife to Bird Song and The Syndicate, 2012 has been a great year for Original British Drama on BBC1 but at this stage there are no plans for Upstairs Downstairs to return.”

The revival’s chief writer, Heidi Thomas, wrote on Twitter: “Really touched by all the love and sadness for Upstairs Downstairs.” “It was made by a tremendous team and I can’t praise them enough.” “Truly sad about Updown, but can now fully and wholeheartedly honour the massive commitments I have elsewhere, including Call The Midwife.”

Thomas also congratulated Sarah Gordy, the Downs Syndrome actress who played Pamela, who also expressed her sadness over the cancellation.

Actor Neil Jackson, who played chauffeur Harry Spargo on the series, wrote, “I have just heard that the BBC will not be making any more Upstairs Downstairs. I loved the show and will miss it greatly.”

What do you think? Will you miss the new Upstairs Downstairs? How do you think it compares to the original?

 

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Elizabeth Blacker January 23, 2015 at 1:51 pm

Hello,
My husband and I just finished watching both seasons of Upstairs Downstairs, or as Heidi Thomas referred to it, UpDown……We are huge Downton fans and are glued to Call the Midwives and wait for the new season,,,,,but this was so disappointing, as we were late to UpDown and found it on Amazon Prime, to learn there will Not be a 3rd Season….how can the fans be left hanging at such a critical time as war divides the UpDown family….thought the ending of Season 2 was a Wonderful cliff hanger and we are to be left on the Cliff? It would be wonderful,,,even tho the actors are a little older….to at least have a few episodes for a Season 3 to wrap up the story of these lives we so dearly have come to enjoy. Even if there is a voice over, possibly of Prichartd, filling in the maybe 5 year gap, then finish the series with the last few months of the war (since we saw all of the angst the few months before the war) and then D-Day….and were the possibility of each of the characters will go….of course so hoping they all survived the war…anyway, I’m sure it would be written beautifully and then the first 2 season re-run, to get people ready, after Downton Abbey finishes up this season, then introduce the new and final Season of Upstairs Downstairs…..we Americans just thoroughly enjoy and take to the British series…..such a shame to not finish up the wonderful experience of
Upstairs Downstairs. Thank you for the opportunity to share,
Regards,
Elizabeth

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dluce December 24, 2014 at 3:14 pm

I am truly sad to learn that the series was cancelled. I loved that they picked up where the original show left off. I just finished watching season 2 and I’m really sad that I won’t have another season to watch and will never know how things turn out for the characters.

I also love Downton Abbey and hope that it will continue for many more seasons.

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