Below Stairs: The Kitchen Maid Whose Memoirs Helped Inspire Downton Abbey
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Actress and historian Leslie Goddard portrays Margaret Powell, a kitchen maid and cook who worked in several stately English homes in the 1920s. Powell's best-selling memoir Below Stairs was a key inspiration for the television programs Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs. In this first-person program. Powell shares stories about the work it took to run a wealthy household in this era and the eccentricities often found among employers. 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.