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2/2/12: Life Below Stairs

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2/2/12: Life Below Stairs

Salt Lake City, UT – The popular TV series Downton Abbey takes pains to hew closely to historical fact, and yet there remains much we don't know about the reality of life in England's grand country houses. How did aristocrats come to own such vast tracts of land? How was servants' work regarded? And how did England's servant system collapse after the Great War? The cultural historian Si n Evans, author of the book Life Below Stairs, joins Doug on Thursday to help us peel back the fictional veneer of Downton Abbey.

  • The second season of Downton Abbey is currently showing on PBS television stations across America. The fifth episode of the season airs this Sunday, February 5th. For more information and to learn when the program airs on your local public television station, visit the PBS web site.

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