Upstairs Downstairs was one of the most popular dramas of all time. It followed the lives of the Bellamys upstairs and the servants downstairs. Upstairs Downstairs covered from the Edwardian period to the sinking of the Titanic til the days of World War One right into the Roaring Twenties and then up to the Stock Market crash in 1929.
The series characters changed over the years. Richard Bellamy was the master of 165 Eaton Place during the series run. His wife Marjorie was the original mistress of the house. The couple had two children, James and Elizabeth. The servants also changed over the series. During the run only four stayed, Mrs. Bridges (the cook), Hudson (the butler) Edward (the footman) and Rose (Head House Maid).
When the third series began Lady Marjorie died in the Titanic disaster and James married his fathers typist, Hazel Forest. Elizabeth moved to the United States. James and Hazels marriage was thrown off course by Hazels miscarriage. When World War One broke out James went to fight and Hazel ran 165 Eaton Place single handily. James was wounded in battle and brought back to Eaton Place to recover. Sadly Hazel died of influenza just as the War ended.
During the fifth and final series Eaton Place was set in the Roaring Twenties. The final episodes dealt with the coming of the Great Depression.