PBS' "Masterpiece Theater" will co-produce a remake of "Upstairs Downstairs," as well as new series based on Sherlock Holmes and Aurelio Zen novels. In this rendition, Holmes gets a 21-st century spin
on the classic 19th-century Conan Doyle detective stories and stars Benedict Cumberbatch ("Atonement,") as Holmes and Martin Freeman (U.K.'s "The Office," "Hot Fuzz") as Dr. Watson.
On a more traditional note, two 90-minute "Upstairs Downstairs" films will air in 2011 and be set in the same house as the original, but in 1936, during the period leading up to World War II. The
original "Upstairs Downstairs" won seven Emmys during its run on "Masterpiece Theater" in the 1970s and was set from 1903-1930, Edwardian England through post W.W.I.
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