Seasons 1-3 again, here are some alternatives to consider.
In the early 1920s, a young maid plays silent witness to the lives of Lord Ashbury's family in The House at Riverton: a Novel by Kate Morton. When a director making a documentary film interviews her late in life about the tragic 1924 death of a poet on the
estate, long-buried secrets of that fatal night begin to emerge.
If you’ve ever wondered what downstairs life was really like, try the biography that inspired the show Margaret Powell’s Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" highlights the fascinating details of her life in service. In Servants' Hall: A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs Romance she shares the true story of an underparlor maid who eloped with the heir to a prominent family.
If true tales of young heiresses and impoverished earls intrigue you, consider Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The
Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by the Countess of Carnarvon. This history of Highclere Castle, the actual estate used as the setting for Downton Abbey, portrays the marriage of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon to the young daughter of an
industrialist during and after the First World War.
Brideshead Revisited, based on the book by Evelyn Waugh, was a popular BBC costume drama. This sweeping tale of British upper class life between the two world wars tells the tale of architect Charles Ryder’s tangled and troubled relationship with the aristocratic Anglo-Catholic
The movie adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s classic depiction of service in a great British house, The
Remains of the Day starred Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. An aging butler reflects on his life and losses during his rigid and uncompromising pursuit of perfection in carrying out his duties for a lord with unsavory political ties.
- Rebecca Wolff, Centreville Regional Library