Royal Upstairs Downstairs

Royal Upstairs Downstairs

A Glimpse Into the World of Stately Homes and Castles

DVD - 2011
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Antiques expert Tim Wonnacott and expert chef Rosemary Shrager travel in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, visiting the grand houses, castles and stately homes that she visited throughout her life. They reveal the extraordinary food, dčor, and garden preparations that were undertaken and what happened during the visits. Includes 20 episodes.
Publisher: [United States] : BFS Video, 2011
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: DVD H 728.810942 ROY
Additional Contributors: Shrager, Rosemary
Wonnacott, Tim

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johnnyknuckles
May 06, 2017

Prepared to love this because it's the kind of historic program I enjoy, but the hosts were overwhelming & belligerently over-the-top, lol. Halfway thru the first disc I had to stop. Really disappointed--I know there's lots of great footage but it's unwatchable.

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new_orleansguy
Feb 24, 2016

I was a bit apprehensive about borrowing these dvds, after reading the comments left here by many viewers. I am a huge fan of these types of shows and the comments re. the two hosts made me think this might be annoying as he**. It turns out its not ! The two hosts clearly enjoy what they are doing and while at time the jokes and comments might ressemble a Benny Hill sketch, it is refreshing to watch. Not every series based on historical homes and settings needs to be hosted by someone who bores the tears and the yawns out of you. This is fun and the half-hour programs go by so quickly, you go, oh no, it's finished :( ... For one of those long winter days, pop the kettle on, settle back and be entertained... Cheers !

EuSei Feb 24, 2015

Beautiful houses, palaces and castles—some actually quite new and therefore kitsch, since they were not made in the period they copy. The music choice was mostly appalling: too modern and at times quite silly. The little silly jokes, faces and repartees by the hosts (Rosemary Shrager and Tim Wonnacott) were sometimes annoying, but the history and scenery of the places visited were so gorgeous they only detracted a little bit from the whole program. I especially loved the history of food presented by uber-knowledgeable chef Ivan Day; I knew a few things he showed, but most were unknown to me. His web site is actually fascinating. On the matter of the queen herself, I researched about Victorian/Edwardian era some time ago for a book, and what I read about Victoria was not very flattering. In this program, the more we heard about her, the more her diary (highly edited by her daughter Beatrice) was read, the less likeable she became. For example, we hear about her having even flowers imported to the houses she visited, of dozen of servants, trunks and equipage sent ahead for her “comfort”; in one instance the family who owned the house she was going to visit had to move somewhere else so Victoria and Albert could have the whole palace for them and their entourage! In one of these stately homes the host gave a party with 300 guests, to which she refers in her journals as “a little party”! When still extremely young she was reading Dickens; she asked if there was so much poverty in London, and was told mostly the truth. Yet, this woman ruled almost 70 years and did diddly-squat to alleviate the dire situation of her less favored subjects. But, still, a very interesting program with lots of information and eye candy.

caz357 Jan 19, 2015

I loved these discs!
The commentators made viewing the history and beauty of the castles, estates, stately homes so fun and interesting!
I am recommending these Dvds
to my family and friends. I even considered buying them on line. You will really enjoy!

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beatrice6368
Apr 18, 2013

Wonderful locations ... but I just couldn't stand either of the hosts ... were too hokey/over the top. Usually I'd devour this type of program ... bailed after the first DVD.

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winston16
Jun 13, 2012

English country houses (more like palaces), Victorian food and history, all held together by Queen Victoria's diary of her visits. What's not to like? The two hosts are delightfully over the top--all in all, jolly good fun!

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ElliotJohnson
Apr 04, 2012

A absolutely fantastic video! I can not express through words how awesome it is! This is definitely the BEST video I have ever ever seen!

And I have seen quite lot! Out of 10 I would give this a million no joke!

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ElliotJohnson
Apr 04, 2012

ElliotJohnson thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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