Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
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Better the devil you know than the one you don't is the lesson Mrs. Bridges and Ruby learn after a terrible row. Upstairs, Lord Stockbridge proposes to Georgina, but there's a catch.


Cyril Coke


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Episode complete credited cast:
Angela Baddeley ... Mrs. Bridges
Lesley-Anne Down ... Georgina Worsley
David Langton ... Richard Bellamy
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ... Duchess of Buckminster
Christopher Beeny ... Edward
Jacqueline Tong ... Daisy Peel
Jenny Tomasin ... Ruby
Anthony Andrews ... Marquis of Stockbridge
Elaine Donnelly ... Mabel
Joan Sanderson ... Mrs. Waddilove
Deddie Davies ... Mrs. Tibbit


It's Summer 1929 and Georgina and Robert Stockbridge have fallen in love and want to marry. Richard and Virginia couldn't be happier and the happy couple set a date to marry in June 1930. They don't count on Robert's parents objecting however. The Duchess of Buckminster loves her son very much and having read of some of Gerogina's exploits in the society pages, questions his choice. She meets Georgina and comes away more impressed than she likely expected. Robert's parents decide that he is to go abroad for several months and if he still feels the same on his return, they will give their consent. Below stairs, Mrs. Bridges and Ruby have a major row leading the scullery maid to resign. She quickly finds a job through an agency but finds that working for the imperious Mrs. Waddilove is anything but a joy. Mrs. Bridges has a similar experience with Ruby's replacement leading them both to reconsider what has happened. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

17 April 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place during the summer of 1929. See more »


Georgina Worsley: [after interviewing Mabel] Well?
Mrs. Bridges: She seemed a nice girl.
Georgina Worsley: Oh, not bad at all, but does it matter about her not being experienced?
Mrs. Bridges: [Chuckling] Well, I'd sooner have a clean slate to write on, miss, than to teach an old dog new tricks. I've always said that.
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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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