Up Yours, Downstairs! A "Downton Abbey" Podcast
Just like "Downton Abbey," but with more feelings and swears! Bask in the glory of Dame Maggie Smith as hilarious Anglophiles Kelly Anneken & Tom Schneider explore the class struggle, cool Edwardian fashions, and the art of staring wistfully into the middle distance.

For their recap of both the 1917 and 1995 versions of A Little Princess, Kelly and Tom are joined by the delightful Allison Mick. The trio pretty much rolls their eyes every time Sara Crewe opens her mouth, but they manage to have a great time talking Passions (aka the greatest soap opera of all time), Ser Davos "Call Me Dave" Seaworth, the Inception of podcasts, staggeringly weird father/daughter relationships, the ways in which we are all Minchins, the return of War Horse, Rusty Schwimmer, living in Taj Mahals, handicapped ghosts, and whether or not Douglas Fairbanks was gay. Kelly is a third cake feminist, Tom invents a drinking game, and Allison dubs Alfonso Cuaron the new king of comedy!

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Kelly & Tom welcome the Dowager Cousin Jackie back to UYDS for their coverage of Blackadder Goes Forth. The trio is surprised by its tonal similarity to Parade's End and spends a long time extolling the virtues of Orphan Black for no other reason than the fact that everyone should watch Orphan Black. Otherwise, they realize that Captain Flashheart is essentially Duffman from The Simpsons (RIP Rik Mayall), discuss the many sins of Chris Columbus, solicit accounts of raising pigeons from chicks, uncover Tony Robinson's Da Vinci Code connection, revel in the madness of General Melchett, fist-pump for Miranda Richardson, admit there's something about Bob, and wonder why there are only three people in the British army. All this, plus Kelly thinks Blackadder is a Capricorn, Tom makes a lot of Shakespearean interruptions, and Jackie refuses to acknowledge fruitcake as cake.

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While they find 1984's A Passage to India awfully racist (even for the 1960s), Kelly & Tom like it almost as much as a video of a baby singing Outkast's "Hey Ya."  It's a Star Wars heavy episode as they encourage Questlove to put some damn pajamas on, get haunted by the Caves of Marabar, marvel at the Eastwood-ness of Mr. Fielding, identify Roddy the Rodent's long-lost relative, wish to be as chill as Armitrao, declare "Mrs. Moore" to be the Spartacus of this movie, discuss the difficulty of impressing Zeus, discover what Beethoven was really talking about, and decry Judy Davis' lack of cuteness.  Kelly thinks the movie is like Hello, Dolly, Tom REALLY hates cucumber sandwiches, and they both ponder whether EM Forster would have been down with a "bromance."

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Kelly and Tom go back to the pensione in their coverage of the 2007 TV version of A Room With a View. They are pleased to report that Scully out-Linneys Linney, McG is delightful in her all-too-brief appearances, Cecil is finally less attractive than George, there is a startling connection between "The Fifth Element" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula," Lucy actually has some life behind her eyes, and they can't wait to play a round of Jam Tennis with Freddy to the strains of Beethoven's often-overlooked "I Want to Get Laid" symphony. Kelly is possessed by EM Forster's ghost, Tom explains Italy's werewolf effect, and they plan their podcast follow-up to UYDS.

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Category:Movies -- posted at: 1:28 AM
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It's time to close the doors on S2 of Mr. Selfridge, but not without one last recap from Kelly & Tom. They wonder how many tricks Fat Thomas turned to pay for Agnes' engagement ring, hope Eyeliner will include more store windows next year, guess wildly at Mrs. Selfridge's never explained diagnosis, tell Mr. Grove to slow his ginger roll, speculate on the size of Loxley's lizard, celebrate "I'm Glad I'm Rich Day," give Ma Selfridge a new nickname, and order up some steamed Plunkett for lunch.  All this, plus Kelly thinks about "Circle of Friends" again, Tom provides Cultural Cliffs Notes, and everyone hopes the next series jumps to the end of WWI because we're all sick to death of the trenches! See everyone in two weeks for the kickoff of the UYDS Empire Exhibition!

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Category:Mr. Selfridge -- posted at: 12:37 AM
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Kelly and Tom scoop themselves in their recap of Mr. Selfridge S2E9. They also decipher Harry's social schedule, uncover the identity of Edwardian Deep Throat, lament the declining standards at the Palm Court, reveal some Belgian sex tips, discover a new weasel, ponder The Spirit Of Blank, and continue pining for the stick poking kid. Kelly announces a new sponsorship, Tom criticizes Nicole Kidman, and everybody high fives at the triumphant return of Blenkinsop.

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Category:Mr. Selfridge -- posted at: 3:45 AM
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As the finale rapidly approaches, Kelly & Tom can't wait to see what happens next.  In the meantime, their recap of Mr. Selfridge S2E8 covers a variety of not-entirely awful American accents, the Rhett Butler of the West End, New Gordon's unrelenting dweebiness, a message from the Tillie Foundation, how to succeed in business (if you're Delphine), trucks full of eyeliner, a creepy, knuckle-eating lizard, royalty payments to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the intricacies of Bootgate, refugee stuff, and the possibility that Kitty Hawkins is actually a living doll. Kelly plans to change her name, Tom sums up the entirety of Are You Being Served? in a single sentence, and they both advocate strongly for the asterisk technique.

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Category:Mr. Selfridge -- posted at: 1:22 AM
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Kelly & Tom are completely Crabbestruck in their recap of Mr. Selfridge S2E7. They also get paid by the Oliver! reference, confirm that Beatrice sees all, cheer Agnes' excellent relationship skills, hope for the return of that stick-poking kid, get completely squicked out by Mr. Grove's urges, declare The Plunkett to be Edwardian tech support, and are disappointed by Monsieur LeClair for the first time. Kelly refuses to sing Big Bill Summertime's song, Tom wants some Bovril curry, and no one should ever take a bath.

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Category:Mr. Selfridge -- posted at: 1:26 AM
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Kelly & Tom laugh at a lot of inappropriate moments in their recap of Mr. Selfridge S2E6. They also christen a Conehead, launch the good ‘ship Malorian, tell Monsieur LeClair to get his shit together, provide ill-informed book reviews, beg Beyonce to write a song about women of independent means, bet on Kitty Hawkins in a rap battle, lament the total lack of sexual chemistry between Delphine and Harry, and have a Doris Classic sighting. Kelly makes Tom laugh really hard, Tom hates the Victorian era, and everyone finally learns what’s up with those weird British bank notes.

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Category:Mr. Selfridge -- posted at: 2:35 AM
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Kelly & Tom go back to the tea emporium in their recap of Mr. Selfridge S2E5, but they can only podcast while riding a bus that's pulling away. They meet the Artful Porter, suspect Eyeliner of being a Bond villain AND Judi Dench, realize that all violins look like a naked lady's back, fall in love with Mr. Crabbe, get excited to dine at Fat Thomas's fictional restaurant, and worry that someone might try to kill WWI era Germans during WWII by mistake. Kelly busts out her McG impression, Tom is not being paid by Snacky Smores, and everyone is well aware that the poker game is no limit.

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Category:Mr. Selfridge -- posted at: 3:51 AM
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