Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 2, Episode 10

A Special Mischief (10 Mar. 1974)

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Elizabeth joins the suffragette movement, but in her effort to protect her, Rose is imprisoned.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nicola Pagett ...
Donald Burton ...
Christopher Beeny ...
Jenny Tomasin ...
Claire Nielson ...
Ellen Bouverie
Rosamund Greenwood ...
Lady Jessica Barnstaple
Veronica Doran ...
Bessie Purdoe
Deirdre Costello ...
Mabel Tomkins
Harold Innocent ...
Arthur Granville, M.P.
Alister Williamson ...
Inspector Brunt
Alec Mango ...
Gerald Cross ...
Roger Avon ...
Clerk of the Court
Anne Tirard ...
Head Wardress (as Ann Tirard)


With most everyone away, Elizabeth hosts a meeting of her fellow suffragettes in the servants hall at 165 Eaton Place. They are planning an all-out demonstration against their plight. Their specific target is an MP but Rose overhears what they are up to and she follows them intent on protecting Elizabeth as much as possible. When they are arrested Rose, who did not participate in the protest, is taken with them. Elizabeth catches the eye of a wealthy stranger, Julius Karekin, who arranges for her to only pay a small fine and then be released. Everyone else, Rose included, is sentenced to two months imprisonment. Conditions in the prison are harsh and her cell mates force Rose to join them in a hunger strike. In the past, the women have been released after a few days of refusing food but this time, the warders have something quite odious planned for them. Elizabeth pleads with her new friend Karekin to get Rose freed. Written by garykmcd

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This episode takes place in August 1909. See more »


The prison wall shakes when Rose is thrown against it, revealing it to be a set. See more »


Julius Karekin: Loris, a bottle of the Heidsieck '95.
Loris: Oui, monsieur.
Elizabeth Kirbridge: Champagne at such a time?
Julius Karekin: It is ideal at any time. In the evening it smooths the way to love. At midday it is an excellent aid to the digestion. At this hour I am not sure but it will offer some benefit.
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What Are We Going To Do About Uncle Arthur?
Music by Alexander Faris (1972)
Lyrics by Alfred Shaughnessy
Instrumental version heard under closing credits
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Rose goes to prison!
28 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Elizabeth becomes a Suffragette. In her attempts to protect her, Rose gets caught up in the law-breaking and gets sent to prison!

For me; this was one of the most disturbing episodes and is quite hard-hitting in its portrayal as to what really went on in that period. For those patriotic 'naives' out there who still believe we're the greatest nation on earth and is incapable of barbarism - then think again!

This episode also introduces us to Elizabeth's new 'love interest' in the form of 'Mr. Julius Karekin' played by Donald Burton. He continues to appear for the rest of this season.

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