Up­stairs Down­stairs head­ing to the base­ment

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of beloved Bri­tish pe­riod drama Up­stairs Down­stairs has been axed by BBC bosses af­ter it failed to pull in enough view­ers. The for­mer block­bust­ing show was re­vived in 2010, and starred Kee­ley Hawes and Ed Stop­pard (pic­tured) in a new ver­sion of the orig­i­nal hit 1970s se­ries about an up­per-class fam­ily and its ser­vants in early 20th-cen­tury London. The first episode drew 8.8 mil­lion view­ers. But the final episode of the last se­ries, at­tracted 5.22 mil­lion. The show failed to match the huge rat­ings fig­ures of pe­riod ri­val Down­ton Abbey af­ter the two se­ries, and BBC bosses have de­cided not to bring it back for a third run. The show’s writer Heidi Thomas took to her Twit­ter.com page af­ter the news, writ­ing, ‘‘Re­ally touched by all the love and sad­ness for Up­stairs Down­stairs. It was made by a tremen­dous team and I can’t praise them enough.’’

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