Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
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James' weekend visit to Somerby Park, with Hudson in tow as his valet, presents an opportunity for both to appreciate their beloved Eaton Place and what they've left behind there.


Bill Bain

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Williams ... James Bellamy
David Langton ... Richard Bellamy
Gordon Jackson ... Hudson
Angela Baddeley ... Mrs. Bridges
Meg Wynn Owen ... Hazel Forrest
Richard Vernon ... Major Cochrane-Danby
Helen Lindsay ... Mrs. Cochrane-Danby
Celia Bannerman ... Lady Diana Russell
Christopher Benjamin ... Max Weinberg
Clive Morton ... Makepiece
Jane Baxter ... Dowager Lady Newbury
Anthony Ainley ... Lord Charles Gilmour
John Quayle ... Bunny Newbury
Patricia Lawrence Patricia Lawrence ... Mrs. Kenton
Anthony Dawes Anthony Dawes ... Breeze


James goes to spend a weekend at Somerby Park, ancestral home of his friend Bunny Newbury who is now a Marquis having recently inherited his title from his late father. Bunny has also invited Diana Russell whom he hopes will marry him. She and James were great friends in their youth with Diana spending a good deal of time at Southwold and she clearly has her eye on him, much to Bunny's dismay. Hudson has accompanied James for the weekend to act as his valet and his loader for the shooting. He is somewhat in awe of the large estate and can only imagine what it would be like to be butler in such a household. Lunch on shooting day is something of a disaster when the butler Makepiece, is in his cups and unable to organize the event properly. Hudson steps in and takes charge ensuring all goes well and catching the eye of Bunny's mother, Lady Newbury who comment to the housekeeper that Hudson is exactly the kind of man they would need at the estate. As for James, he realizes that throughout... Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

17 November 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place during the autumn of 1912. See more »


James Bellamy: [Referring to her mother] Only her idea of marrying well is not the same as mine.
James Bellamy: What is?
James Bellamy: I believe marriage should be something more than agreeing to share the same house and butler. I sometimes wish I was born in something-or-other B.C., when people lived in caves, and men and women got married just to huddle together for warmth and stop each other from being frightened of the dark.
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The Edwardians: Theme from Upstairs Downstairs
Composed by Alexander Faris (1971)
Instrumental version heard under main titles
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