Leslie Goddard portrays Margaret Powell, a kitchen maid and cook who worked in several stately English homes in the 1920s. Powell’s 1968 best-selling memoir Below Stairs was a key inspiration for the television programs Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs. This first-person program introduces you to Powell, as she shares stories about the work it took to run a wealthy household in this era and the eccentricities often found among employers. As she reveals, behind the glamour of these lavish households, a small army of servants toiled around the clock, bound together by hard work and a necessary sense of humor.
Inspired by the book Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" by Margaret Powell (2012).
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