By now, most Americans have heard of Downton Abbey, featuring the razor sharp wit of Maggie Smith, but there are many other BBC shows that deserve some recognition. If you enjoy the glittering evening gowns and the lush landscapes of Downtown Abbey, the revival of Upstairs, Downstairs may be right up your ally. The original Upstairs, Downstairs ran five seasons, from 1971 to 1975. Like Downton, the series focuses on the lives of residents at 165 Eaton Place: the servants downstairs and the family, upstairs. If you aren’t quite ready to devote yourself to the entire 1970’s series, there is a new version of Upstairs, Downstairs that began in 2010 (Season One and Season Two) that incorporates elements of the old season, but can be viewed independently without causing the viewer any confusion. Personally, I started with the new Lyn Euros version and now want to go back and watch the original series. On a side note, if you really can’t get enough of the English aristocracy of Downton Abbey, try reading Snobs, written by Julian Fellowes, writer and creator of Downton.