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  1. tigtog
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    I had never known that she was a writer/co-creator on Upstairs Downstairs or House of Elliott. I’ve always enjoyed her acting but wow – that’s really impressive.

  2. Mindy
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    a fantasy trilogy about a dressmaker who is pulled into an unseen world

    *swoon* *puts bookshop on to-do list for the weekend*

    I don’t think we got Upstairs Downstairs in my small country town, or if we did my parents never let me watch it. [for anyone who didn’t grow up in a small country town or is younger than 35ish – we only had two channels until I was 14, then we doubled to four and wasn’t that amazing! I still remember when we got our first colour TV]. Ahem, anyway I am going to catch up on a really good show by the sounds of it.

    I think Jean might just be the role model I didn’t know I was looking for.

  3. tigtog
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    I only just clicked through on the linked source for that first quote – there’s a brand new sequel to Upstairs Downstairs? And Rose is the housekeeper now?

    Oh, I wonder when we’ll get to see it here.

  4. tigtog
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    @Mindy, Tansy said on her blog that not all bookshops will stock it immediately after release. You’re probably better off ringing them up and asking them whether they’ve got it, so that they can order it in if they don’t.

  5. aliceq
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    Oh, my. I haven’t watched Masterpiece Theatre in years. I just set the DVR for this. Thanks.

  6. Mindy
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    @ Tigtog – I haven’t read the first one so I will go in search of it and go from there.

  7. tigtog
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    d’oh – that makes total sense!

  8. Jo Tamar
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    Great post – thanks, Tansy!

    I love this sentence:

    He would want to get married, I’d say, ‘No, I’ve got to do the laundry.’

    I think Stanley Fish would love it, too. There’s just so many layers of meaning. Wonderful.

    I also did not know she was co-creator of those shows. I never watched Upstairs Downstairs (thinking maybe I should!), but I loved House of Elliott, possibly because it was all about women. It makes sense, now, to discover it was created by women. (I was too young to think about that sort of thing at the time, although it seems I was old enough to appreciate the fact that it was all about women.)

  9. Mindy
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    *adds House of Elliot to list of things to look up on the weekend*

  10. QoT
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    Jean Marsh is so badass, and she is a rocking Morgaine in Doctor Who.

    I also feel the need to plug Gosford Park, which while written by a bloke is very much a homage to Upstairs, Downstairs and has Dame Eileen Atkins and Dame Helen Mirren as the chief housekeeper and cook and is very woman-focused (also Emily Watson and Kelly MacDonald and Dame Maggie Smith and on the other side of the coin Clive Owen nom nom nom). But no Jean Marsh, which would make it even more badass.

  11. Rebecca
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    I rewatched Battlefield, and thoroughly enjoyed Jean Marsh’s appearance in that, after the Brigadier died. Apparently the Doctor is Merlin, and since Merlin aged backwards and we have a significantly younger doctor now, it’d be really cool if he gets to be Merlin again.

  12. blue milk
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    Fabulously entertaining Friday Hoyden this week, thank you for writing it Tansy Rayner Roberts.

  13. Andrew
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    Thanks from me too!

    I have very fond memories of that Doctor Who story. I just discovered too that she was Mombi (and head nurse) from Return to Oz, and so a huge part of why that film was one of the scariest films I’d ever seen as a child. Delightful!

  14. TansyRR
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    Thanks everyone for all your comments! I was very happy to get a chance to add a Hoyden of my very own.

  15. tigtog
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    Very happy to have you as our guest, Tansy! We’ll have to get you to write us another one when your next novel comes out :)

    P.S. I very much enjoyed the first book in your Creature Court series, and will shortly get the new one for my Kindle. It’s an exciting pleasure to read about a genuinely new kind of magic for once.

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