‘It didn’t feel right.’ ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ is a phrase that means “upstairs, downstairs.” ‘A hopeless cause,’ says Eileen Atkins of the rebirth.
Eileen Atkins, star of UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS, has spoken out over the 2010 relaunch of the romance drama series, calling it “a hopeless cause.”
Following her tenure in the 2010 reincarnation of the ITV drama Upstairs, Downstairs, acclaimed actress Eileen Atkins has recently spoken about her experience on the drama series. Despite the fact that she was unable to participate in the original series due to scheduling conflicts, Atkins made quite an impression when she did appear in the long-running drama.
ITV’s Upstairs, Downstairs, which she co-created with her friend and co-writer Jean Marsh, was Atkins’ biggest triumph.
For a long time, the two talked about the show and how it would be received.
When asked about the success of the project, she responded, “It was a b****y amazing concept.”
“I just didn’t think it was proper for Upstairs, Downstairs to be revived in the way it was, [but]I couldn’t say no because too many careers were on the line,” Atkins told Radio Times regarding the show’s rebirth.
“Too many people would profit, and too many people would want to do it again,” she said.
“I had a gun pointed at my head and was made lady of the house despite pleading to be the cook, so I went onto it in a rage and misbehaved.””
She described how she had heard Julian Fellows had done the same thing with Downton Abbey and how they knew “it was a lost cause” when they got ahead on set construction.
Atkins first dismissed the idea of joining the revival as “deadly,” but after reconsidering her position, she agreed to join the cast.
Due to creative issues with the writing, Atkins, who played Lady Holland, left the show barely one year after the revival began.
“It’s with great sadness that we bid farewell to her fantastic characters, the straight-talking mother-in-law Lady Holland,” the BBC stated in a statement.”
In a stately London home, the drama recounts the linked fates of a diplomat’s family and their staff.
Atkins has played everyone from Edward Albee and Harold Pinter to Checkov and Shakespeare, and has won an Emmy, a BAFTA, and three Olivier Awards.
“My kind of profession happens scarcely at all now,” she previously told The Guardian. “Today, I would go into Eastenders or whatever and then get stuck.”
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