Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
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A Suitable Marriage 

Elizabeth decides not to marry Angus and is captivated by a German-baron visiting England at Christmas.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Lady Marjorie Bellamy
Elizabeth Bellamy
Baron Klaus von Rimmer
Lady Prudence Fairfax
Sir Adam Blake
Ian Dewar ...
The Salesgirl


It's December 1905 and the Bellamys receive an unexpected guest in the form of Baron Klaus von Rimmer who had met Elizabeth briefly while she was in Germany. He is charming and debonair and Elizabeth, who has just rejected a Scottish suitor, is slow to come around to him. Lady Marjorie is so enchanted by him that she invites him to be their guest for the remainder of his stay in London. He claims to be there to work in his family's bank but that doesn't fool Richard. The Baron eventually admits to being an arms dealer who wants to sell a new naval gun mount to the British. Richard realizes exactly what he's up to - especially after the Baron offers him a bribe. He manages to slip away but not before Rose sees him in bed with one of the servants. Written by garykmcd

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7 November 1971 (UK)  »

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The events in this episode take place in December 1905, according to a caption in the opening titles. See more »


Angus: [about his broken engagement with Elizabeth] Maybe she'll change her mind with time.
Richard Bellamy: Well, knowing Elizabeth as I do, once she's made up her mind to do something, there's little one can do.
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Referenced in Downton Abbey: Episode #1.1 (2010) See more »


What Are We Going to Do with Uncle Edward?
Music by Alexander Faris (1971)
Lyrics by Alfred Shaughnessy
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A non pc story
8 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

This episode starts with Elizabeth rejecting the advances of one man to fall into the arms of another, but she fails to realise the darker side to the man. I am totally un pc and agree with Lady Majorie and her statements on the man and what happens. In the bible it says what happens in this episode is wrong. Upstairs Downstairs was written in a time when PC did not exist or if it did it was seen as a joke. Today we are told to accept these things even if we find them abhorrent and disgusting or we are seen as racist, sexist or homophobic. If this is the price we pay for not been forced to live in a PC world then so be it. Many people writing reviews see this episode and what lady majorie said as wrong. I, as a non PC person sees it as a great episode with a message, we should not be forced to embrace political correctness.

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