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PASADENA, Calif. -- For its 40th anniversary, PBS's "Masterpiece" revisits one of its biggest hits, "Upstairs Downstairs" (April 10, 17, 24, WQED-TV). Not a remake, the new three-part series is more of a sequel, set six years after the previous series ended. (In the real world it's been more than 30 years since that finale aired.)
Actresses Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins, who did not appear in the original, dreamed up the original series and also originated this reboot. Both appear in the new "Upstairs" with Marsh reprising her role as Rose Buck, a parlormaid, who is now promoted to housekeeper. Ms. Atkins plays the mother of the new patriarch who takes up residence in 165 Eaton Place.
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