The race is on downstairs -- who will marry first upstairs -- Captain James or his father, Richard?



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Episode complete credited cast:
Meg Wynn Owen ...
Joan Benham ...
David Langton ...
Jenny Tomasin ...
Valerie White ...
Mrs. Forrest
Leonard Trolley ...


Unbeknownst to Richard Bellamy his son James has been secretly seeing Hazel Forrest in her free hours and has asked her to marry him. She doesn't accept him right away but does resign her position as Richard's secretary. When Richard hears of it, he lashes out at James questioning his judgment but the younger Bellamy stands his ground. Hazel turns him down but it's clear that she has a secret which she will not reveal to James. James assumes his father has interfered in his life and it is left to Hazel's kindly father, Arthur Forrest, to tell James of the perceived impediment preventing Hazel from marrying. As for Richard, he is clearly being pursued by his old family friend, Lady Prudence Fairfax, who thinks he should remarry. Written by garykmcd

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24 November 1974 (USA)  »

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


Mrs. Bridges: She's right, you know. Things isn't what they was.
Hudson: "Aren't what they was", if you please, Mrs. Bridges.
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Oh, You Beautiful Doll
Lyrics by Seymour Brown
Music by Nat Ayer (as Nat D. Ayers) (1911)
Instrumental version played in restaurant as James and Hazel sit down to dine.
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James Bellamy proposes to Miss Forrest!
20 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

October, 1912 James is secretly dating Miss Forrest - his fathers Secretary, who has since become their Housekeeper. At the time of his proposal to Hazel, his father is also learning of another secret; namely, that his late wife of six months Lady Marjorie had confided in her dearest friend Lady Prudence Fairfax, that she would hope Richard in the event of her death would 're-marry'. At the time of airing, it is unclear whether or not this was a hint at plans of the character Richard Bellamy marrying Lady Prudence - at least this is intimated by words from the staff below stairs. (even if a red herring)

However; James' secret gets out, and because Hazel Forrest has a deeper guarded secret of her own concerning her past, has to turn him down. In doing so, James blames his father, and assumes wrongly that he has 'deterred' Hazel from marrying him - probably on the basis of his flippant 'philandering with Phyllis Kingman, and the affair with one-time underhouse maid Sarah.

This is an interesting episode and shows how difficult it was for differing classes to accept and tolerate various situations. Hazel marrying into the upper classes, being middle class herself, whilst one might feel this a good thing, was in fact viewed by many as 'inappropriate'. But what really makes things awkward is the discovery that Hazel Forrest has been married before...

This episode brings the great Meg Wynn Owen permanently into the series as 'Hazel Bellamy' for the next two seasons. She would turn out to be one of the most tragic figures from the outset...

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