Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 3, Episode 9

Goodwill to All Men (29 Dec. 1974)

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It's Christmas 1913 and two young ladies, one from upstairs and the new parlor maid, conspire to spread holiday cheer to the less fortunate.

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It's Chritsmas 1913 and 165 Eaton Place has a new resident in the form of Miss Georgina Worsley, Richard's niece. Lady Southwold is also visiting for the holiday. Georgina is 18 and has been at school in Switzerland. She is an orphan and there is a likelihood that she will stay on with the Bellamys as Richard's ward. Also new is Daisy, the under-house parlor maid. Also 18, Daisy is relatively new to service but she and Georgina hit it off, though their backgrounds could not be more different. When Georgina hears that Daisy has not been to see her parents in London's East End for some three years, she suggests they take food out of the larder and visit them. What they see is an eye-opener for Georgina. When they fail to return early on Christmas Eve, everyone is concerned for their well-being, forcing Richard to call the police. Written by garykmcd

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Miss Georgina has a teddy bear which she says she has had since she was 7. As she has just turned 18 the chronology means that she has had the bear since November 1903 at the latest. This would make her the owner of one of the first teddy bears, which didn't go into production until that year. See more »

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Two new arrivals at Eaton Place!
22 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

Christmas, 1913

The Christmas of 1913 sees two new arrivals at Eaton Place; one upstairs, and one down.

Georgina Worsley, a step daughter of Lady Marjorie's brother Hugo, becomes Richard Bellamy's Ward, and Daisy becomes the new under-house parlour maid.

It's the second 'quiet' Christmas since the death of Lady Marjorie, and this bores the latest arrival Georgina, and so she has other plans for adventure! She persuades Daisy (the new under-house maid) to steal from the pantry much of the food that isn't getting eaten, and to take it to Daisy's family who live in poverty in the slums of London. There is both shock and anger from both upstairs and downstairs when it is discovered what the two have done and the police are contacted. However; when they return and it is discovered what they did and why, all is forgiven and lessons are to be learned.

This is the beginning of a close and long-lasting relationship between Georgina and Daisy that would continue throughout the years until the series ended in 1930.

It is interesting to note just how young both Georgina and Daisy appear when they first arrived at Eaton Place - then to compare this to how their characters developed throughout the years. Daisy grew in confidence, and by the 1920s had become a 'proper little madam' having married Edward; Georgina likewise, had become quite a socialite by the mid 20s having several skirmishes with various scandals.

NOTE: This is the very last episode to feature the great actress Cathleen Nesbitt who plays Lady Southwold (Lady Marjorie's mother) for the last time.


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