After only the second episode of Upstairs Downstairs, we are well and truly hooked. We grew up with the Bellamys of Eaton Place and I have to admit to a slight childhood obsession with Edwardian maids, and spent a great deal of my childhood insisting I answer the door and serve afternoon tea, dressed in full Rose/Ruby regalia!
The original series was created by Jean Marsh (Rose) and Dame Eileen Atkins, who have also written and star in this series. Eileen Atkins plays the feisty Lady Holland, battle axe in residence and proud owner of Solomon the monkey and Mr Amanjit, her Indian manservant. Her years in India has given her a penchant for ethnic inspired clothes and eclectic colour combinations. Her unique style, acid tongue and unshakable opinions, mean she is fast becoming our favourite character and latest style icon. Although we are not sure we would want her as our mother in law!