When period drama Upstairs Downstairs returns to BBC1 at 9pm on February 19, we can expect to witness a string of sex filled scenes, including a lesbian romp, and numerous illicit affairs.
Set in 1938, a number of new additions to cast, including Alex Kingston and Emilia Fox as lesbian lovers, are set to make 165 Eaton Place resemble Sodom and Gomorra, but with far more stunning outfits.
Further additions to the cast include Keeley Hawes and Claire Foy, plus The Inbetweeners Movie star Laura Haddock. And great news is that co-creator of the original series, Jean Marsh, will return as Rose Buck, despite having had a stroke.
Of her return to filming, plucky Jean said, “I was determined. Three weeks after [filming] the first episode I had a stroke and a heart attack…
“And in three weeks time I had thrown myself out of the hospital.
“Everybody was so wonderful to me and helpful that it was comparatively easy to get better.”
But, cast news aside, inevitably, comparisons have been made between Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey, who’ve had their fair share of illicit storylines of course.
However, Upstairs Downstairs writer, Heidi Thomas – who also wrote for hit drama Call the Midwife – has told the Sun that Downton has had no impact upon the plotlines she’s created.
She said, “We were only ever a three-hour Christmas pilot. Downton have had 18 hours of drama now and we are barely out of the starting blocks.
“I think this is a whole new chapter for us, we just don’t reference Downton and I have only seen fragments of it myself.
“We do our own thing. We are London 1938. Downton is a country house, very much at a great distance from everything that is going on.”
I can’t wait for the new series. Are you excited?