As a child, Richard Marson was fascinated by and fell in love with Upstairs, Downstairs. Years later, when he was himself working in the television industry, he produced and directed the 25th anniversary documentary about the series. This led him to research and write what he hoped would be the ultimate book about the making of a major TV drama, from first idea to final frame. For this special edition of that book, he has revisited the original text to fully revise and update it, unearthing a plethora of new information and tracking down some important new contributors. The book is packed with rare photographs and illustrations, many in colour, from the archives of those who worked on the production. It also includes the first publication of Rosemary Anne Sissonís long lost screenplay for the proposed Upstairs, Downstairs film, as well as the original document which first sold the idea for the programme and a charming short story, written by producer John Hawkesworth, in which Christmas comes to 165 Eaton Place.
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“In 1968-1969 I used to share an office with the creator Johnny Hawksworth at London Weekend International the film company for LWT: In 1975 he invited me and my girlfriend on set to view it being filmed: Johnny Hawksworth was a very correct but flamboyant character who loved betting on horses. My daughter went on to work for Andrew Langton the son of the actor who played the lead. For any who like me loved the series this book is a must.”