Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 2, Episode 5

Guest of Honour (17 Feb. 1974)

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Mrs. Bridges is the envy of every cook in Mayfair and Belgravia when His Majesty, King Edward VII dines at Eaton Place.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Rachel Gurney ...
David Langton ...
Joan Benham ...
Elvi Hale ...
Mrs. Millicent Hartfield
Christopher Beeny ...
Patsy Smart ...
Jenny Tomasin ...
Ailsa Grahame ...
Lady Wanborough
Lockwood West ...
Mary Kenton ...
Anthony Woodruff ...


Preparations are under way for a very special dinner at 165 Eaton Place. His Majesty King Edward VII is to be the guest of honor at a dinner and evening of card playing. The staff are as excited at the prospect as the Bellamys are honored by the King's presence. For Mrs. Bridges in particular, the event will no doubt be the pinnacle of her culinary career. Great care is taken with the guest list, the seating arrangements and the after dinner activities. One event that no one has counted on is the sudden appearance of a very pregnant Sarah who is supposed to be at Southwold. She's also gone into labor and while the royal guest is occupied by his hosts, the staff managed to secrete her into an upstairs room and call for the doctor. Written by garykmcd

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In the opening scene, Edward says he's off to watch Fulham v Manchester United, and teases Hudson - "Maybe one day Chelsea will get into the First Division". In 1908-09 Chelsea and Man Utd were both in Division One - but Fulham weren't. They'd only joined the Football League in 1907 and were still in Division Two in the 1908/09 season - they didn't make it to Division One until 1949. See more »


Richard Bellamy: [referring to the King's imminent arrival] How's your curtsy, Prudence?
Lady Prudence: It's all right going down, a bit wobbly coming up. I'm always afraid my right knee will crack like a pistol shot.
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The King comes to Dinner!
21 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

FEBRUARY - 1909 Probably one of the most popular and famous of episodes from the entire series.

The King comes to dine at Eaton Place. Despite the great event, all appears to go well - until Sarah that is, the one-time housemaid turns up late the same night heavily pregnant and about to give birth!

Pauline Collins' character Sarah returns yet again with a gripping story-line and episode. Heavily pregnant with James' child, she goes into labour just as she arrives late the night the King comes to dine at Eaton Place. Hudson insists she returns to Southwold without delay where she's been the past few months - but it's too late... Consequently, she ends up giving birth to the grandchild of the Bellamy's under their own roof.

It is in this episode we see for the first time the family doctor; Dr. Foley, who is played by Anthony Woodruff throughout the series.

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