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Masterpiece Classic: Upstairs Downstairs, Season 2: The Love That Pays The Price

Airs Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Ed Stoppard as Sir Hallam Holland and Keeley Hawes as Lady Agnes Holland.

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.

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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.

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.

Keeley Hawes as Lady Agnes Holland.
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Above: Keeley Hawes as Lady Agnes Holland.

Ed Stoppard as Sir Hallam Holland, with William Hope as Ambassador Kennedy and Adrian Scarborough as Mr. Pritchard. Ambassador Kennedy and his dashing son Jack come to dinner at Eaton Place. But Agnes is more entranced by another guest: millionaire Caspar Landry. Before the evening is over, Mrs. Thackeray resigns.
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Above: Ed Stoppard as Sir Hallam Holland, with William Hope as Ambassador Kennedy and Adrian Scarborough as Mr. Pritchard. Ambassador Kennedy and his dashing son Jack come to dinner at Eaton Place. But Agnes is more entranced by another guest: millionaire Caspar Landry. Before the evening is over, Mrs. Thackeray resigns.

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 Love That Pays The Price" airs Sunday, October 14 at 9 p.m. - In the second episode of season two, Lady Agnes catches the eye of charismatic American millionaire Caspar Landry, but as she and Sir Hallam look to their future, a tragic turn of events leaves their promised dreams, and a close family member, in jeopardy.

Downstairs, Mrs. Thackeray makes a momentous decision that throws the running of 165 into chaos. Blanche and Mr. Amanjit continue to clash, until a heart-breaking cause compels them to reconsider their differences.

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Preview: Upstairs Downstairs Season 2: The Love That Pays The Price

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Above: Watch a preview of episode two, season two of UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS: Luminaries arrive at 165 Eaton Place, a servant departs from downstairs, and a family member is in danger abroad.

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Preview: Masterpiece Classic: Upstairs Downstairs, Season 2

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Watch Upstairs Downstairs Season 2: Episode 2 Preview on PBS. See more from Masterpiece.

Above: In season two, luminaries arrive at 165 Eaton Place, a servant departs from downstairs, and a family member is in danger abroad.

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