Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Upstairs Downstairs: S2 Ep2 - The Love That Pays The Price

On TV: Sunday 26th February 2012
Channel: BBC One 9pm
Episode Type: 2/6
In 1 Sentence: As war breaks out, 165 Eaton Place soon hots up...

BBC Summary: 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, which throws the running of the house into chaos. Blanche and Mr Amanjit continue to clash, until a heart-breaking cause compels them to reconsider their differences.

My Review: Ready to sweep you away on a Sunday evening is Upstairs Downstairs, perfectly shot and scored to leave you warm and snug in your living rooms, escaping from the daily grind for one more night before returning to the real world on monday morning. It makes you want to run out and make a time machine so that you could take in the sights and sounds of the 1930’s with its beautiful evening gowns, atmospheric jazz bars and where John F Kennedy comes around for dinner! 
This second episode of the new series remains to be just what was needed in this strange beginning of spring where there is still frost on the ground. The acting sublime (Claire Foy a particular favourite), the direction gorgeous and the soundtrack... absolutely beautiful. Yet it does seem to be continuing down the same old route and so I hope they shake things up a little more else there is a danger that it may get to formulaic. Thankfully there’s no sign of that yet and so let’s hope things continue that way!
Score: 8.5/10

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