Despite their disdain for social conventions, Elizabeth marries Fabian socialist and poet, Lawrence Kirbridge, in a traditional church service and all of its trappings.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jenifer Armitage ...
Brian Osborne ...
Sylvia Brayshay ...


The Bellamys are in a panic over Elizabeth's disappearance. She hasn't been in touch since she's left but Hudson manages to track her down, courtesy of Rose who has known all along where she's been. Richard tries to convince her to return but without much success. He also checks into Lawrence Kirbridge and learns that he is from a good family and is a writer of some promise. They invite him for tea and decide they approve. To Elizabeth's shock and dismay, Lawrence proposes that they should marry, despite their supposed radical views against societal norms and conventions. James meanwhile also has a new friend, a chanteuse who has made quite a name for herself in the music halls of London. She turns out to be none other than Sarah, the Bellamys former maid. James' secret is soon out when she appears at the church on Elizabeth's wedding day. Written by garykmcd

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20 January 1974 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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"What Are We Gonna Do about Uncle Harry?" the bawdy music hall song sung by Pauline Collins is a version of Alexander Faris. See more »


Elizabeth Bellamy: I wish I were Henrietta. She is always so sure of everything.
Lawrence Kirbridge: Aren't you sure of everything?
Elizabeth Bellamy: I'm not sure of anything... At least I 'm very sure of things but never of people.
Lawrence Kirbridge: And I'm sure of people and never of things.
Elizabeth Bellamy: You didn't mean that. You only said it because it was a good answer.
Lawrence Kirbridge: [Dejectedly] You know, sometimes I don't think I mean anything.
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What Are We Gonna Do with Uncle Harry?
Composed by Alexander Faris
Bawdy music hall version of the series theme sung by Pauline Collins
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Elizabeth Bellamy marries.
18 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Having run away from home in the previous episode; Elizabeth Bellamy is staying with her friend Henrietta Winchmore. Here is where she falls in love with the visiting Poet, Lawrence Kirbridge. Her parents wish her to marry; Elizabeth prefers simply to 'live together'. Her parents get their way of course, but all does not bode well for Elizabeth, when even as she marries, has 'unspoken' doubts about her future husband's sexuality...

This episode sees Doris (played by Maggie Welles) sadly, having left the series. She's been replaced by the marvellous Sylvia Brayshay as the very entertaining 'Nelly', (unfortunately, only ever to do the one episode - a great pity...), and the return of Sarah (Pauline Collins) as her affair with Captain James Bellamy is re-newed! Due to its huge success by the time of this final episode in the first season; 'Upstairs, Downstairs' was assured continued success for the next five years! NOTE: In view of the next season, and for continuity purposes; the date for this episode should read 'June 1908' not '1909' as suggested by the title credits.

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