Episode 1: A Far Away Country about Which We Know Nothing
A new baby has arrived at 165 Eaton Place in the hands of Lady Agnes Holland, who is weakened from giving birth. Meanwhile, Sir Hallam Holland’s aunt, Dr. Blanche Mottershead, is stirring up tension in the house. Mr. Pritchard is doggedly trying to maintain peace and order in the absence of Miss Rose Buck, while also readying for an unnerving prospect – war.
Gas masks are issued and long-buried secrets about the staff are revealed against an increasingly uneasy political backdrop. While the house staff struggles with the juxtaposition of patriotism and conscience, Sir Hallam stands firm in his diplomatic convictions, helping to negotiate what may be the final chance to avert war. But as the possibility of maintaining peace becomes more apparent, will England be able to sleep quietly for long?
Ed Stoppard (Zen), Keeley Hawes, Blake Ritson (Emma, Mansfield Park), Alex Kingston and Adrian Scarborough (Cranford) star in the stirring return of season 2 of Upstairs Downstairs, from Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Return to Cranford).