Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
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A Cry for Help 

Richard's genuine concern for the new house parlormaid has eyebrows raised and tongues wagging.


Derek Bennett


Julian Bond

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Episode complete credited cast:
Gordon Jackson ... Hudson
Angela Baddeley ... Mrs. Bridges
David Langton ... Richard Bellamy
Raymond Huntley ... Sir Geoffrey Dillon
Patsy Smart ... Roberts
Susan Penhaligon ... Mary Stokes
Christopher Beeny ... Edward
Evin Crowley ... Emily
Nicholas Young ... Myles Radford


It's now October 1906 and Lady Marjorie is away leaving Richard Bellamy home alone. He's working on a book but when he sees one of the new servants, Mary, crying he insists that she tell him what is wrong. She's only been at 165 Eaton Place for three months but prior to her arrival her former employer's son, Myles Radford, forced himself on her and she is now pregnant. Richard knows the Radfords and is shocked by what he hears, but when young Myles dismisses his request that he do the right thing, Richard foolishly writes a letter and is threatened with legal action. The family's solicitor, Sir Geoffrey Dillon, soon takes charge of the situation but the successful resolution of Richard's predicament will not be in Mary's favor. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

14 November 1971 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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1.33 : 1
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In the 40th Anniversary release of the series, episodes 6 and 7 are reversed. See more »


Sir Geoffrey Dillon: My dear Richard, you're old enough now to be ruled by your head.
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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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Richard tries to help one of the servants
20 June 2006 | by sjm887See all my reviews

I thought that Richard's decency really comes out here. This episode touches on the social atmosphere, especially, the status of servants. Mary is blamed for something that was not her fault; the person who was responsible gets off because of his position; Richard is almost in trouble because of his attempts to help this servant; I enjoyed Sir Geoffrey's very realistic approach. His cynicism regarding the law shows him to be a realist--and his willingness to accept the status quo, reveals him to be a snob (which he is willing to admit). It also shows Hudson's ability to be sympathetic, and Roberts, to be intolerant. The other servants showed their compassion as well. Mary's refusal to take Richard's money is unrealistic, and considering the reality, foolish, but shows her to be a person of good character. Brilliant acting, wonderful production.

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