Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 5, Episode 6

An Old Flame (20 Feb. 1977)

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A lonely James has an affair with the very married Lady Newbury.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Georgina Hale ...
Violet Marshall
David Langton ...
Christopher Beeny ...
Jacqueline Tong ...
John Quayle ...
Tom Chatto ...
The Waiter
Mike McKenzie ...
The Pianist
John Caesar ...
The Policeman


It's Spring 1923 and James has a chance meeting with Diana Newbury in a nightclub and manages to rescue her from a potentially embarrassing situation when the police raid the club. He's on his own with Georgina in America and Richard and Virginia in Scotland and Diana joins him at a remote cottage for a couple of weeks. He feels a bit odd cuckolding his longtime friend Bunny Newbury but they plunge headlong into their affair without much concern for anyone else. Their ardor cools however and they quickly grow bored of one another. When Bunny hears what has happened he speaks to Richard Bellamy who is aghast at what his son has done. As the prospects dawns on James of just what he has done, he looks for a way out. Below stairs meanwhile, Edward finds himself in a pickle with his wife Daisy. Having accompanied James Bellamy as a valet he knows all too well what went on and mentioned to Daisy that Diana had her ladies maid, Violet, with her. When Daisy meets Violet by chance, she ... Written by garykmcd

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This episode takes place during the spring of 1922. See more »


James Bellamy: [to Diana] Behind that pretty little face is a cunning, devious brain.
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Nothin' Could Be Fina
Music by Eubie Blake
Lyrics by Noble Sissle (19210
Heard on gramaphone rcord in Kent cottage
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Too much kissing - YUK!
19 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Spring, 1923, James Bellamy meets up with Diana Newbury - his best friend's wife and 'old flame'.

After years of hesitation and dozens of 'will you's', they decide (or rather Diana Newbury does!) that they should elope and runaway to France together. It begins when they take a cottage borrowed from 'Cocky Danby'. However; they soon find that they bore each other after all these years, and that perhaps the time for 'love' has been lost...

I must confess at the shock of those words uttered by James: 'Why did I ever choose Hazel when I could have chosen you?' Well James; I think I can answer that one for you; Hazel was way more attractive, and was worth twenty of Diana Newbury! Simple as that! I never liked the character Diana Newbury - couldn't stand the woman... Nothing to look at, and a frightful snob with no redeeming qualities whatsoever...

Be warned: There's way too much kissing in this. (nauseating) Particularly as Ms. Newbury is so painfully thin and about to crack under the pressure!

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