We are proud to announce that Faber Music composer Carl Davis has composed the music for the second series of the BBC’s hit drama Upstairs Downstairs. The series runs for 6 weeks, on BBC1 from the 19th of February. The remake of the iconic British drama was brought back to life by the BBC over Christmas 2010.
Carl Davis has composed original incidental music, occasionally inter-weaving within it elements from Alexander Faris’ popular theme for the original series (of which he has also created a new arrangement). The music wonderfully compliments the sweeping romantic shots and glamour of 1930’s England.
Although the show boasts a largely new cast, actress Jean Marsh from the 1970’s version returns to revive her role as housekeeper Rose. Marsh received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in Upstairs, Downstairs in 1975.
The BBC reports that Danny Cohen, the controller of BBC One, said the series had been commissioned because of the “wonderfully imaginative and distinctive plans the team have to take the drama forward”.“Going back to Eaton Place feels like opening a jewel box,” writer Heidi Thomas added. “The Holland family and their servants are set for an extraordinary year and I am thrilled to be their guardian.” The new version of the show saw former housemaid Rose return to her old place of work to serve a new family. Marsh appears alongside Dame Eileen Atkins, with whom she created the original version of the programme. The announcement came on the same day that Marsh, 76, was named ‘Old Maid of the Year’ at the annual Oldie awards in London.