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MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: The Last Waltz

Airs Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Claire Foy as Lady Persie Towyn. With war looming, romance is in the air—illicit and otherwise. Hallam, Agnes, Landry, and Persie each pursue their heart’s desire in different ways. Harry and Beryl get engaged. And even Pritchard finds a soulmate.

While Europe teeters on the brink of war, life goes on upstairs and downstairs at 165 Eaton Place— elegant, serious, sexy, and chaotic as ever—on UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS, the second season of the Emmy®-nominated sequel to the long-running PBS series, airing six episodes on Sundays, October 7 - November 11, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS Television.

Original Series Tribute

Who were your favorite characters from the original UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS? View a slideshow featuring the most beloved characters and relive some of the most iconic scenes.

The cast of MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS, Season 2. The saga continues at 165 Eaton Place, with new characters upstairs and down, in a six-part sequel to the much-loved MASTERPIECE series. Set in 1936, the lives of masters and servants have never been so captivating, as two new arrivals make their mark and Lady Agnes reveals a dark secret.
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Above: The cast of MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS, Season 2. The saga continues at 165 Eaton Place, with new characters upstairs and down, in a six-part sequel to the much-loved MASTERPIECE series. Set in 1936, the lives of masters and servants have never been so captivating, as two new arrivals make their mark and Lady Agnes reveals a dark secret.

Jean Marsh as Rose.
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Above: Jean Marsh as Rose.

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Ed Stoppard as Sir Hallam Holland.

Courtesy of ©Nick Wall/BBC 2012 for MASTERPIECE

Shown from left to right: Neil Jackson as Harry Spargo and Laura Haddock as Beryl Ballard.

The returning cast includes Keeley Hawes ("Wives and Daughters") as Lady Agnes Holland, the beautiful mistress at 165 Eaton Place, Ed Stoppard ("Brideshead Revisited") as her diplomat husband, Sir Hallam, and Claire Foy ("Little Dorrit") as Agnes’s obsessively defiant sister, Persie, who is in love with fascist politics and Nazis in particular.

Repeating their roles downstairs are Anne Reid ("Bleak House") as the fractious gourmet cook, Mrs. Thackeray, Adrian Scarborough ("Cranford") as the resourceful butler, Mr. Pritchard, Neil Jackson ("Quantum of Solace") as the beefy chauffeur, Harry Spargo, and Art Malik ("Jewel In The Crown") as Amanjit Singh, the private secretary to Hallam’s recently deceased mother (played last season by Eileen Atkins).

Jean Marsh ("Sense and Sensibility"), who was star and co-creator of the original "Upstairs Downstairs" and also of the sequel, appears in the new season in a cameo role.

Guest stars include Alex Kingston (ER, "Moll Flanders") as Hallam’s freethinking aunt, Dr. Blanche Mottershead, Emilia Fox ("Rebecca") as Blanche’s former lover, Lady Portia Alresford, and Michael Landes ("Final Destination 2") as the American self-made millionaire Caspar Landry, whose latest venture is nylon hosiery—a convenient lure in his quest to seduce a certain aristocratic English- woman.

In the year before WWII, 165 Eaton Place reopens its doors and welcomes viewers back into the lives of its inhabitants, upstairs and down.

Lady Agnes and Sir Hallam’s family is now complete with the addition of two small children, but Sir Hallam is drawn into dangerous waters by his preoccupation with the threat of Nazi Germany and the return of troubled Lady Persie.

Lady Agnes catches the eye of charismatic American multi-millionaire Casper Landry, and Sir Hallam’s aunt, Dr. Blanche Mottershead, has made herself comfortable in the house after Lady Maud’s death.

Meanwhile, life downstairs adjusts to the absence of Rose and the addition of the spirited new nursery maid, Beryl. With upstairs and downstairs harboring life-changing secrets, and the menace of war creeping ever closer, the smooth running of Eaton Place threatens to come to a halt.

"The Last Waltz" (Episode Five) airs Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 9 p.m. - As 165 Eaton Place prepares for the annual servants’ ball, Mr. Pritchard enjoys a romance with fellow servant Miss Whisset and starts to wonder if there’s more to life than service.

With war looming, Harry has a proposition for Beryl; however, a shocking revelation threatens to thwart their plans. Meanwhile, as Lady Persie and Sir Hallam continue their affair, Sir Hallam is about to discover just how destructive his actions have been.

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Preview: Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: The Last Waltz

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Preview: Masterpiece Classic: Upstairs Downstairs, Season 2