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Masterpiece Classic: Upstairs Downstairs - Part Two

(left to right) Ellie Kendrick as Ivy Morris, Keeley Hawes as Lady Agnes Holland, Adrian Scarborough as Mr. Pritchard, Jean Marsh as Rose Buck and Nico Mirallegro as Johnny Proude
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(left to right) Ellie Kendrick as Ivy Morris, Keeley Hawes as Lady Agnes Holland, Adrian Scarborough as Mr. Pritchard, Jean Marsh as Rose Buck and Nico Mirallegro as Johnny Proude

Airs Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

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.

Meet The Characters

From the masters to the maids, meet the main characters from "Upstairs Downstairs" and get brief biographies on the actors who portray them.

Production Designer Eve Stewart

View Stewart's design sketches and get insights on making over 165 Eaton Place for the new "Upstairs Downstairs."

The saga continues at 165 Eaton Place with new characters upstairs and down in a three-part sequel to the much-loved MASTERPIECE series from the 1970s titled "Upstairs Downstairs."

Jean Marsh returns as Rose with a stellar cast including Dame Eileen Atkins (“Cranford”), Keeley Hawes ("MI-5"), Ed Stoppard (“Any Human Heart”), Claire Foy (“Little Dorrit”) and Ellie Kendrick (“The Diary of Anne Frank”). Set in 1936, the lives of masters and servants have never been so captivating. Laura Linney hosts.

In the second episode, a German-Jewish refugee comes to 165 Eaton Place as a maid, prompting a range of reactions from upstairs and down. Her experiences culminate in a crisis tied to the fascist movement sweeping Britain.

This episode originally aired in 2011. The first episode airs at 9 p.m. before Part Two, and Part Three will follow at 11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012.

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Series Preview: Masterpiece Classic: Upstairs Downstairs
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Watch Upstairs Downstairs: Eileen Atkins and Jean Marsh on PBS. See more from MASTERPIECE.

Secrets, scandal & seduction -- it's going to be a busy year for the residents of Eaton Place. Original series co-creators Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins take you behind-the-scenes and preview "Upstairs Downstairs."
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Watch Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard on Inspiration from the Original Upstairs Downstairs on PBS. See more from MASTERPIECE.

Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard, stars of the new "Upstairs Downstairs," talk about how the original series served as inspiration for the new one.
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Watch Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard on Working with a Monkey on PBS. See more from MASTERPIECE.

"Upstairs Downstairs" has it all: high drama, compelling characters, tumultuous historical events...and a monkey! Watch as Eileen Atkins, Ed Stoppard, and Keeley Hawes affectionately describe their simian costar, Solomon, and find out more about the off-screen lives and history of monkeys. Solomon was actually portrayed by two Rhesus Macaques: Rosie and her understudy/stunt monkey, Poppy. Learn more about Rhesus Macaques and how one might have ended up in a lavish townhouse in 1936.

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