The New Show News
Newer articles and links etc. are added to the top of this list.
Press Launch for Season 2 – interviews and pictures etc.
Detailed article from the Daily Mail about the new series. Thanks Bill.
A chapter from the new edition of Richard Marson's Inside UpDown book is available by clicking here (right-click, save... BIG DOWNLOAD - 26MB). It deals with the making of the new show and has many photos.
Some guest stars in the new series. Thanks Jack.
UpDown accused of ripping off Downton for new series. Thanks Helen.
BBC drama trailer with brief clips from Season 2. Thanks to Matt.
Brief article in The Sun about Alex Kingston's role in the new season.
Two new cast members for Season2. Thanks Bob.
Keeley Hawes on expanding her character in Season 2.
Details of ratings for the new episodes. Thanks (again) to Bob.
Jean Marsh on supposed rivalry between UpDown and Downton Abbey. Thanks to Helen.
An article from a German newspaper about the new UpDown (in German). Thanks to Lothar.
A big press pack is available for the new series, episodes entitled The Fledgling, The Ladybird, and The Cuckoo, with interviews with all the cast. Click here. (Note the "next section" link at the bottom). Be warned, spoilerish detailed plotlines on the last page.
Click here to hear the The Media Show review by The Guardian's TV critic Gareth McLean, who was probably the first to review the revival. The UpDown feature is about 20 mins in.
Assorted reviews (mostly negative) of the 3 episodes are now up online. I won't bother with all the links - just Google for yourselves.
The Telegraph interview with Jean Marsh. Thanks to Caroline.
Jean Marsh is interviewed for The One Show on 14th December. Main part is at 6'55, but Jean is on before and after that too (there is also a Part 2 of this show if you check out the links). WARNING: low-brow TV alert!
James Walton of The Telegraph does a brief, but accurate look-back at the old show. Thanks to Philip again.
Some more trailery bits. Thanks to Nicole.
Trailer for BBC programmes on this Christmas. Wind to about 6 mins 30 secs for a couple of clips from the new show.
Article in The Telegraph where Simon Williams (James) reflects on the original series. Thanks to Philip for that.
An article in The Stage.
The Radio Times of 27th November - 3rd December did a front cover for the new show (below, probably meaning UD didn't get the actual Christmas front cover). Inside there was a two-page montage done in the hall (similar to the one they did before, see below). Click for Page 1 and Page 2.
The Telegraph of 23rd November had a front-page picture from the show, and another picture inside (the same as the one inside the Radio Times, above). Thanks to Aaron for that.
The PM news programme on Radio 4 had a short bit of the new theme (and an interview with composer Alexander Faris) on 3rd November. Click here and wind to 44 minutes in...
The National Film Theatre on the South Bank in London (just behind the studios where the original show was made) are holding a preview of the first episode of the show on 15th December. (NB You can also see the new show's logo on this page).
Here is another set of photos, by James Davies, with shots of Keeley Hawes, Claire Foy, Jean Marsh and Art Malik. Thanks to Nicole for pointing those out.
Here is a trailer for the BBC's new season. This includes a couple of very short clips from the new programme.
Rex has a number of pictures (NB you won't be able to enlarge the thumbnails without an account).
Another (large) set of photos, this time from work in Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay, on August 29th. This is the shooting of a meeting of Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists (a British spin-off of the Nazis) in the East End of London. As is no doubt happening here, these meetings usually turned into scuffles between the offended local populous and Mosley's "Black Shirt" followers/henchmen. Mount Stuart Square is a popular location choice for BBC Wales; another of their big productions - Doctor Who - has used it more than once.
Here are the stars of the new UpDown (Claire Foy, Ed Stoppard and Dame Eileen Atkins) during a break from taping at the recent location shoot (see below). This is one of a set of 12 pictures buried away deep on the BBC's local pages. Thanks to Rhys for the "heads up". (NB The BBC, just like I originally did, have cross-confused Keeley Hawes with Claire Foy. Foy plays Lady Persephone, Hawes' younger sister in the new production. The physical resemblance between the two is remarkable!)
Radio Times (British TV listings guide) had a photo of some of the studio shooting in the hall of 165. The captions give the names of the characters and actors. As usual, click for a decently sized version...
Below are some pictures of a location shoot for the exterior of "165" on 12th & 13th September. In the 6th, 7th and 9th pictures you can see Jean Marsh as Rose. Many thanks to Mark Pugh and Sara Pugh for these. Click on each pic for a bigger version:
The production is not using the old location for exteriors of the house (which was where the house was supposed to be - i.e. Eaton Place in London's Belgravia) but instead using (the east side of) Clarendon Square in Leamington Spa (which is to the south east of Birmingham - about 100 miles from the production's main home in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales). You can have a zoom around the location on Google Maps. I can't work out why the road in covered in sand - I would strongly imagine a London road in the late Thirties would have had a solid surface...
Aside from the location work, the interiors for upstairs and downstairs have been created in two studios (at Bridgend ("Upstairs") and Pontypridd ("Downstairs")) in Wales. The three 50-minute "pilot" episodes of the new series are probably expected to air over Christmas. Hopes are very high that a full series will go ahead, probably to spearhead the BBC's autumn season in 2011.
Charlie Morton has also taken pictures of the same shoot as above (with Keeley Hawes in a couple of them) - the twenty photos are on Flickr (in two groups - on pages 1 and 2).
The Daily Mail has published a big new article on the new series including details of casting (see the article), filming, amount of episodes, transmission.
A couple of pix of the stars in costume in The Scottish Sun.
Latest BBC press release.
Article on the shooting from Walesonline.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/6284582/Upstairs-Downstairs-returns-to-BBC.html (Upstairs Downstairs returns to BBC - not that it was ever on the BBC in the first place...)
http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2010/02/upstairs-downstairs-gets-a-sequel-on-pbs.html (Thanks Pete)
http://www.wunschliste.de/news/8223 (in German - thanks to Lothar)
Info about set design: http://www.mad.co.uk/Main/News/Articlex/09705ca5a08c4841a6c43ebdf87b93f6/Eve-Stewart-creates-1930s-interiors-for-BBC-revival-of-ITV's-Upstairs-Downstairs.html (Thanks to Paul)