Jean Marsh, cast member and co-creator of the original Upstairs Downstairs, has suffered what the BBC is describing as a minor stroke. She's currently recovering, but the series is days away from filming and scripts are being rewritten to take her out of the first few episodes.
"Unfortunately I won't be returning to Eaton Place quite as quickly as I had hoped," said Marsh, 77, who first appeared as Rose in the 1970s and is the only original character to return for the updated version. "I am looking forward to spending time with Rose again when I'm match-fit and I miss the cast and crew tremendously."
Those new scripts have already been rewritten following the August departure of Dame Eileen Atkins (who played Lady Holland and co-created the series with Marsh). Reportedly she was unhappy with the direction the scripts were going in, so she left. A month later Alex Kingston stepped in as the younger sister of Lady Holland.
So, the scripts have been rewritten in August, September and now, October. Hopefully, the only drama left to play out will be on-screen rather than off it.