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Upstairs Downstairs to return for second season

Upstairs Downstairs

Story by Jack Foley

REVIVED costume drama Upstairs Downstairs is to return for a second season in 2012, the BBC has confirmed.

A total of six one hour episodes will be broadcast next year, with Jean Marsh reprising her role as housekeeper Rose.

Based on an original ITV programme first broadcast in the ’70s, Upstairs Downstairs was brought back by the BBC over Christmas with a largely new cast, when it attracted an average audience of 8.4 million viewers.

Announcing the decision, BBC One controller Danny Cohen said the makers had “wonderfully imaginative and distinctive plans” for taking the drama forward.

“Going back to Eaton Place feels like opening a jewel box,” writer Heidi Thomas added. “The Holland family and their servants are set for an extraordinary year and I’m thrilled to be their guardian.”

The announcement came on the same day that Marsh, 76, was named ‘Old Maid of the Year’ at the annual Oldie awards in London.

Read our review of the revival