While running an ordinary errand, Rose's life takes an extraordinary turn.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Mitzi McKenzie ...
Teashop Assistant
Robin Ford ...
Shipping Clerk
Julia Sutton ...
Dorothy Mathews
Robert McBain ...
Hamish Mathews
Joyce Windsor ...


Rose is swept off her feet by a man she meet on a tram. He is Gregory Wilmot, an Australian sheep farmer who has returned to the UK to visit friends and see the sights. He and Rose spend a good deal of time together, eating out and even dancing one evening. When the others below stairs hear of him, there are mixed reactions with Hudson in particular quite dubious about the whole proposition. Gregory takes Rose to visit his friends and it becomes quite obvious that one of them thinks he's marrying below himself. When the big day arrives, Rose leaves 165 Eaton Place presumably forever. Only she returns a short time later, in tears, having learned something about Gregory just before their departure. Written by garykmcd

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12 January 1975 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in April 1914. See more »


The engagement ring Gregory gave to Rose in Perfect Strangers was round with a center ruby; in Home Fires, when they meet again, the ring Rose displays as the one Gregory gave her is an oblong setting with an emerald. See more »


What Are We Going To Do with Uncle Arthur
Music by Alexander Faris (1971)
Lyrics by Alfred Shaughnessy
Instrumental version heard during closing credits
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Escape for Rose at last!
25 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

April, 1914, Rose has to deliver a cake baked by Mrs. Bridges for her old friend Mrs. Beddows aged 93. Whilst on the Tram, she bumps into an Australian - Gregory Wilmot. They get chatting, then dating, and to everyone's surprise, they become engaged.

When the staff at 165 discover this, they are naturally shocked, since Rose hasn't even mentioned Gregory to any of them. They are even more shocked, when they discover that Rose intends to give up her job at Eaton Place, marry, and emigrate to Australia with a man she's only known for six days! Such must have been the desperation felt by many housemaids to escape the prison of Service at the time, and must have been a common occurrence in those days. When a woman saw an opportunity for escape - she ceased it with both hands. Who could blame Rose - and Gregory wasn't bad looking! So what was to stop her? It's a tearful departure, and looks as if Rose has left for good; why even the new girl is on her way to be interviewed for her position, when Rose returns unexpectedly...

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