Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
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The Path of Duty 

Elizabeth returns from studying abroad and the household are in a frenzy, preparing for Elizabeth's entrée into London society.


Joan Kemp-Welch


John Harrison

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Jackson ... Hudson
Angela Baddeley ... Mrs. Bridges
Jean Marsh ... Rose
Margaretta Scott ... Lady Castleton
Rachel Gurney ... Lady Marjorie Bellamy
Nicola Pagett ... Elizabeth Bellamy
David Langton ... Richard Bellamy
George Innes ... Alfred
Evin Crowley ... Emily
John Quayle ... Lieutenant Watson
Simon Williams ... James Bellamy
Brian Osborne Brian Osborne ... Pearce
Elma Soiron Elma Soiron ... Madame Dubois
Patsy Smart ... Roberts
Jessica Benton ... Lady Cynthia


It's May 1905 and Elizabeth Bellamy returns home after attending finishing school in Germany. At 17, she is attractive and has a keen mind with a variety of interests whether it be literature, art or politics. She is pleased that Rose is to be her personal maid but is not necessarily looking forward to attending an upcoming ball where she will 'come out' and be introduced to the King and Queen. Everyone at 165 Eaton Place is working to ensure that her grand evening is a memorable one but at the ball she is bored not only with the company but with the empty-headed girls around her. Refusing to act the part, she disappears just before she is to be presented. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

31 October 1971 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Shot in black-and-white because of a labor dispute with technical unions. See more »


Hudson: [Referring to Elizabeth] Book learning is useless to a young lady.
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What Are We Going to Do with Uncle Edward?
Music by Alexander Faris (1971)
Lyrics by Alfred Shaughnessy
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Elizabeth rebels from societal pressures.
13 June 2006 | by sjm887See all my reviews

I would have given this a 10 except that , with hindsight, the same actor was used for the character of Billy and later Bunny. I assume that they are not the same people. Other than that, this is a wonderful episode which focuses on the upstairs society. Elizabeth is a rebel, who does not care to talk about the weather. The relationship between Rose and Elizabeth is shown to be close and trusting. Rose shows her spunk, and her loyalty to the family here. I was bewildered at Lady Marjorie's lack of concern over her daughter wandering the streets at night. "She can take care of herself." But what of the others in the streets? They could take care of her too.

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