Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
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The Understudy 

On the eve of an important dinner party for a French diplomat, Hudson suffers a heart attack.

Director:

James Ormerod

Writer:

Jeremy Paul
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Gordon Jackson ... Hudson
David Langton ... Richard Bellamy
Simon Williams ... James Bellamy
Lesley-Anne Down ... Georgina Worsley
Jean Marsh ... Rose
Angela Baddeley ... Mrs. Bridges
Christopher Beeny ... Edward
Gareth Hunt ... Frederick
Jenny Tomasin ... Ruby
Jacqueline Tong ... Daisy Peel
Anthony Woodruff Anthony Woodruff ... Dr. Foley
Andre Charisse ... M. Fleuriau
Barbara Bolton Barbara Bolton ... Madame Fleuriau
Natalie Caron Natalie Caron ... Simone Fleuriau
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Storyline

Hudson has been feeling unwell and somewhat tired of late. Hudson tells no one but on the very evening that Lord Bellamy is entertaining the French Ambassador at dinner, he has what is diagnosed as a mild heart attack. He'll be unable to serve and the task falls to Edward - much to Frederick's dismay as he felt the task should fall to him. With Virginia away and unable to return - she possibly has the mumps - Georgina substitutes as a last minute replacement as hostess. The dinner goes off without a hitch but when Dr. Foley decides that Hudson should go away for a few months of rest and recuperation, the question of who should replace him comes up. James feels that Frederick should get the job. Frederick and Edward - with Daisy poking him in the ribs to stand up for himself - are practically at each others throats and Rose thinks that neither of them deserve the position. Written by garykmcd

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

20 March 1977 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This episode takes place in September 1926. See more »

Soundtracks

The Edwardians: Theme from Upstairs Downstairs
(uncredited)
Composed by Alexander Faris (1971)
instrumental version heard under main titles
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