Everyone's nerves are frazzled when Lord Southwold dies, Lady Southwold and her companion, Miss Hodges, spend a some time with Richard and Lady Marjorie and a valuable diamond brooch goes missing.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Cathleen Nesbitt ...
David Langton ...
Rachel Gurney ...
Jenny Tomasin ...
Christopher Beeny ...
Patsy Smart ...
Nancie Jackson ...
Mr. Donaldson
John Kidd ...
Mr. Curtis


Lady Marjorie's father Lord Southwold has died and her mother, Lady Southwold, comes to stay at 165 Eaton Place with her companion Miss Hodges. Something of a crisis erupts when Lady Southwold's butterfly brooch is nowhere to be found. Hodges reports that she had seen Miss Roberts just outside Lady Southwold's room and Richard Bellamy orders Hudson to question all of the servants before calling in the police. It's a disagreeable task and Miss Roberts is horrified at the mere suggestion that she is under suspicion. Hudson for his part is suspicious of Watkins when he learns that he recently had a visitor to his quarters in the mews. When Watkins refuses to tell him the identity of the visitor or explain why he was there, he reports it to Mr. Bellamy. When the mystery of the missing brooch turns out to be nothing more than a misunderstanding, ill-feeling lingers. Written by garykmcd

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This episode takes place during the summer of 1909. See more »


The furniture and fittings destroyed in the fight scene are revealingly flimsy. The chair Donaldson falls onto seems to have no fastenings at the joints at all and collapses at first impact. See more »


Edward: [about Hudson] He thinks he's Sherlock Holmes. He'll be playing on his violin next.
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What Are We Going to Do with Uncle Edward?
Music by Alexander Faris (1971)
Lyrics by Alfred Shaughnessy
Heard under closing titles
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Hudson plays 'Sherlock Holmes'!!
25 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

July 1909 A broach goes missing at Eaton Place, and suspicion falls upon some of the servants. Everybody's upset naturally - but not as much as Miss Roberts! She takes the suspicions really badly. Though some viewers might find this attribute rather comic at times, this ordeal does actually come in useful for the script-writers in the early part of the next season, when the plot sends 'Roberts' to an Asylum! This story shows her to be highly-strung and over-emotional - not to mention paranoid; all of which would make her more susceptible to such an ending to her character.

This was one of two award-winning performances by the great actress Patsy Smart who played 'Roberts' from the beginning of the series in 1903, for almost ten years until 1912 when she was 'put away'.

There's a particularly good scene in this between Rose and Thomas showing their jealousy over Sarah's affections. This was yet another subtle hint at homosexuality within the characters that was becoming a trend!

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