Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 2, Episode 2

A Pair of Exiles (27 Jan. 1974)

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Sarah tells James she's having his baby and the Bellamys make provisions to avoid a major scandal.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Rachel Gurney ...
David Langton ...
Moray Watson ...
Colonel Winter
Raymond Huntley ...
Jenny Tomasin ...
Christopher Beeny ...


The Bellamys are concerned when they receive a bill from a jeweler requesting a substantial sum to settle their son James' account. Richard thinks he is in the clutches of a greedy and demanding woman. They meet with James' commanding officer, Col. Winters, who tells them that James is drinking too much and is in considerable financial difficulty. They haven't seen James for several weeks and he has been spending time with Sarah, the Bellamys former house maid. Below stairs, the servants welcome Rose who has come for tea and where a letter from Sarah is awaiting her. Sarah has invited her to visit and tells her what has happened. When James finally meets his parents he reveals not only the extent of his debts but that Sarah is pregnant. The family's solicitor, Sir Geoffrey Dillon, is called in to sort it all out resulting in both Sarah and James being banished in their own way. Written by garykmcd

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27 January 1974 (USA)  »

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According to Simon Williams, the sets weren't left standing but were broken down and stored after every show. Sometime after this episode the portrait that hangs in the morning room disappeared and could not be relocated. See more »


Richard Bellamy: [Referring to Lady Bellamy] I'm sorry if she was discourteous to you.
Sir Geoffrey Dillon: The lioness protecting her young is entitled to show her claws. I respect that, Richard. In the end it may well be the making of your son.
Richard Bellamy: I hope so. Well, thank you for all you've done. It can't have been easy.
Sir Geoffrey Dillon: My dear boy, that's precisely why we solicitors charge such exhorbitant fees.
[They both laugh]
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"The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo' (uncredited)
Written by Fred Gilbert (1892)
Sung by Simon Williams and Pauline Collins
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More potential scandal for the Bellamys!
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AUGUST - 1908 Sarah, the former house maid since finding a career on the stage has been seeing Captain James Bellamy regularly ever since his sister's wedding. As a result; Sarah finds herself pregnant. James is forced to tell his family, when he falls into financial difficulty, and things begin to affect his army career...

The Bellamys are shocked to discover the truth about James and Sarah, and have to rely upon Sir Geoffrey Dilllon to come up with a solution to both protect the family from scandal - and to assist Sarah too.

Things do not go as expected for either Sarah or James, and they are subsequently forbidden to ever see or contact each other ever again......

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