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Old 01-19-2013, 09:27 AM   #21
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...Not surprised that there was such a serious pecking order in the staff - the mealtimes downstairs are so interesting...
Yes, it's interesting the way they all jump up out of their seats when another staff member walks in. And not always Carson or Hughes.

Something I just remembered...
Back when Mosely had that allergy rash on his hands he was instructed to wear gloves, to which he replied, "I'll look like a footman". Shortly after that Thomas and William were shown in the dining room and neither were wearing gloves, yet they were both footmen at the time. hmmm
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:41 AM   #22
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Okay. I think I understand. Does this Christmas Special have a bearing on the plot of the whole show? And if it does, because I am on a very fixed income, should I seriously consider purchasing this Special? I have never been one to purchase the 'whole' series of any show. But there has been talk of 'GBH (our local PBS) showing the whole series of the original "Upstairs, Downstairs" again. I hope so. If they do I will record that one. I wish I had known how hooked I would get into this one. I would have started to record it from day one.

As you can see, I am sooooo hooked on this dang show. I just wish they had filmed at least half of the next season each time they show a season so we wouldn't have to wait so long in between. ()
Yes the Christmas special does have a large bearing on the plot. You might be a bit lost during the beginning of the next season if you were to miss it.

I'm sure that PBS will show the special at the end of the season, it wouldn't make any sense if they didn't, it would mess up the flow of the show.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:27 AM   #23
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I looked at the schedule of this seasons shows. The first episode was two hours long and the last one is on Jan 27th and is also two hours long. Hopefully that is the Christmas Special. UK was able to watch that last episode during Christmas. Hopefully that is the one they are talking about.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:07 AM   #24
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yeah, that makes sense. The christmas special was a 2 hour show.

Looks like they restructured the episodes a bit from the UK version. The UK version had 7-episodes and the 8th is the Christmas special. The UK shows were an average of 48 minutes each. Looks like they are making the 1 hour each for the US and making episode 6, 120 minutes. Then the Christmas special is 90 minutes.

In the UK there were 7 episodes and 1 Christmas special. The US version is treating them all like episodes with a total of 7.

I expect this is because PBS has to fill slots that are 1 hour, 1/2 hour, or 2 hour because they have no commercials on PBS.

The last episode airs on February 17th, not January 27th!
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yeah, that makes sense. The christmas special was a 2 hour show.

Looks like they restructured the episodes a bit from the UK version. The UK version had 7-episodes and the 8th is the Christmas special. The UK shows were an average of 48 minutes each. Looks like they are making the 1 hour each for the US and making episode 6, 120 minutes. Then the Christmas special is 90 minutes.

In the UK there were 7 episodes and 1 Christmas special. The US version is treating them all like episodes with a total of 7.

I expect this is because PBS has to fill slots that are 1 hour, 1/2 hour, or 2 hour because they have no commercials on PBS.

The last episode airs on February 17th, not January 27th!

The schedule for our local channel WGBH doesn't show it that way. But then 'GBH does everything to their own liking. Our cable company took the one out of state for PBS away. So we are stuck with 'GBH and their whims.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:56 AM   #26
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The schedule for our local channel WGBH doesn't show it that way. But then 'GBH does everything to their own liking. Our cable company took the one out of state for PBS away. So we are stuck with 'GBH and their whims.
That is weird Addie! I checked out their website and it's gawd awful! What a slow unattractive thing it is! Makes me appreciate UNC TV, it's all I get because I have an antenna in the attic!
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Yes the Christmas special is very important !
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Yes, it's interesting the way they all jump up out of their seats when another staff member walks in. And not always Carson or Hughes.

Something I just remembered...
Back when Mosely had that allergy rash on his hands he was instructed to wear gloves, to which he replied, "I'll look like a footman". Shortly after that Thomas and William were shown in the dining room and neither were wearing gloves, yet they were both footmen at the time. hmmm
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Yes the Christmas special does have a large bearing on the plot. You might be a bit lost during the beginning of the next season if you were to miss it.

I'm sure that PBS will show the special at the end of the season, it wouldn't make any sense if they didn't, it would mess up the flow of the show.
Well all this time I thought the elusive "Christmas Special" was at the end of season two that ended at Christmas with the proposal. No wonder I couldn't find it anywhere if it's at the end of season three.
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There have been 2 Christmas specials .
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