1. This is a miniseries that will satisfy anyone who yearns to get addicted! All the action takes place in a Manchester hotel in the period immediately following WWI. The family that owns the hotel are the central characters, and along the way we get to know the servants as well as the sons. It’s an Upstairs Downstairs adventure all the way, with every kind of exciting and potent interweaving of lives one can imagine. Susan Hampshire is ravishing as always, playing a high-class prostitute who inhabits the hotel and gets involved with the family. There is plenty of treachery, betrayal, love and disappointment, and it’s worth watching if only to see the magnificent costumes and settings. The chief engine at work is the dysfunctional relationship between the two brothers who run the hotel, one of whom is goodness personified, and the other who can think of nothing but making money and seducing his brother’s wife. It’s a must-see if you want to sink into a gorgeous and convoluted world that has very little to do with today’s unnerving headlines.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. This is the final portion of the story of The Grand. The history adds substance to the film and the characters as they react to the events of the day. I highly recommend it!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Season 1 of this wonderful TV series has certainly left us wanting for more. But, like most sequels, this one manages to let us all down. For once the two major characters had replaced actors – Steve Bannerman is replaced by actor who is just too young that instead of portraying WWI veteran lost in the post war era is acting like a spoiled, naive child more annoying than tortured in his own misery. Mrs. Marcus Bannerman character has definitely lost it’s penchant for resolve in destruction around her. She seems now more broken and unstable than calculating and manipulative and I personally liked her better as calculating. There is an attempt to present a change, social most of all. Homosexuality, women’s fight for equality (aging upper class ladies wearing pants) and the unscrupulous fight over wealth and power. At certain moments, it almost feels like drag to watch mockery of the presumably romantic relationships of many of the couples. Destruction creates a destruction and unhappiness breeds doom for all involved. This time around, creators just cannot decide if the world is black and white, or is it the shades of gray that make us what we are? While still fun to watch, it is definitely not as nearly as good as the series 1.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. I have just finished viewing all ten episodes of The Grand-Series 2 and I am quite impressed. I must admit I was initially put off on the first episode, as I was absolutely in love with Stephen Moyer who played the original Stephen Bannerman; I just could not warm up to the new actor Ifan Meredith. Also, Ruth Manning Bannerman is also played by a different, less enjoyable actress.

    However, despite the travesty in the replacement of these two parts, The Grand-Series 2 offers just as much as the first season in terms of performance, drama, storylines, and overall production values. I found myself quite addicted to the series all over again.

    The end of the tenth-and last-episode made me feel quite sad that my “stay” at The Grand Hotel was over, although I agree with one reviewer who said that just about every possible story line had been explored. I guess all good things must come to an end!

    I strongly urge all lovers of drama to view both seasons of The Grand.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. I loved the Grand Series, so it was with some sadness that I viewed series 2. There is something about knowing that a series is about to end that prevents you from enjoying it completely. This is how I felt about the second season.

    I felt the characters were all well represented, the issues facing each character real and poignant. At times, I couldn’t tear my eyes away! In particular, I enjoyed the episodes with Miss Harkness (the ex-Madame), returning to her old business, and the episode with the maids going on the beach ‘outing’ was fun. I did get bored with the ‘baby-buying episodes.’ Surely in postwar England, there would be plenty of orphanages and places for women to buy children legitimately without resorting to such melodrama! I also felt sorry for Marcus’ wife. Years of abuse at the hands of her grandmother and then Marcus had produced its tole on her. Somehow, I wish she could be redeemed.

    Overall, an excellent series. A must for fans fo Upstairs Downstairs and similar dramas.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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