When Eileen Atkins, one of the co-creators of Upstairs Downstairs, was approached by writer Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Madam Bovary) about reviving the show, she felt she had found someone with the skill to do justice to the original. The hugely anticipated return of the legendary TV series takes viewers, old and new, back to the lavish world of 165 Eaton Place in Belgravia, London. Jean Marsh's Rose is the only returning character, as a new set of occupants move into the iconic address, and storm clouds gather in Europe. The lives of the wealthy Holland family and their servants will never be the same again.
Sue MacGregor chairs a conversation about the show following a screen of the first episode at BFI Southbank. Atkins, Thomas and Marsh join her on stage along with cast members Adrian Scarborough, Anne Reid and Art Malik.