Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs is a Documentary programme.

Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs is a 3 star programme

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Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs

Series about the real history of Britain's servants. Dr Pamela Cox looks at the grand houses of the Victorian ruling elite - large country estates dependent on an army of staff toiling away below stairs. The Victorians ushered in a new ideal of servitude - where loyal, selfless servants were depersonalised stereotypes with standardised uniforms, hairstyles and even generic names denoting position. In the immaculately preserved rooms of Erddig in North Wales, portraits of servants like loyal housekeeper Mrs Webster hint at an affectionate relationship between family and servants, but the reality for most was quite different. In other stately homes, hidden passages kept servants separate from the family. Anonymity, invisibility and segregation were a crucial part of their gruelling job - and the strict servant hierarchy even kept them segregated from each other. episode 1.

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 70 minutes (approx)

3/5 Stars

When is Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 April 5th, 11:20pm and on BBC 4 April 12th, 11:00pm. See more...

Main Cast

Christopher Fulford
Chistopher Fulford
Jeremy Kitcat
Kenny Doughty
Jason Barry
Caroline Hayes
Jon Morrison
Image for Joe AbsolomJoe Absolom
Image for Felicity JonesFelicity Jones
Image for Orla BradyOrla Brady
Image for Shaun ParkesShaun Parkes
Kevin Doughty