Her sense of duty and loyalty are severely compromised when Lady Marjorie has a passionate affair with a friend of James, with whom she falls deeply in love.




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Richard and Marjorie are quarreling over Richard's intention to support a portion of a Liberal education bill. She is convinced he will ruin his political career and give up any chance of being in Cabinet when the Tories are re-elected. She also feels he is being disloyal to her family to which Richard owes his career and current standing. As her relationship with her husband deteriorates Lady Marjorie makes the acquaintance of Captain Charles Hammond, a friend of her son James. Although much older than he, they have a great deal in common, including a love of the opera. Soon they are having a passionate affair and the servants are well aware of the situation. Richard only begins to realize what has happened when there is news of an accident at a regatta that James and Hammond were to attend. Written by garykmcd

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23 January 1972 (UK)  »

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In the 40th anniversary DVD release episodes 6 and 7 are reversed. See more »


Mrs. Bridges: She's almost old enough to be his mother.
Roberts: Passion strikes where it pleases.
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from "Tristan and Isolde." (uncredited)
Composed by Richard Wagner (1857-1859)
Performed offscreen at the opera house
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Not to be missed
1 September 2015 | by (New York, United States) – See all my reviews


With a bit of a lull in late summer 2015, with Mad Men over and a few months to go for Downton to start again (here in the US), my wife and I decided to watch all of Upstairs, Downstairs again. Ten years ago we watched the entire opus, and I wrote then on a review here that the series is the finest thing that's ever been on television. A bold statement. What about now, after so many good series, what would we think?

You can tell that the actors and writers were feeling their way, getting settled in during the first couple shows. The episode previous to this was very good.

Then this one. I vaguely remembered the main plot element, an affair of Marjorie's, but that's all.

Wow. Absolutely superb. It adds to the enjoyment that I'm a fan of Keats and the opera scene that is the backdrop near the end. Profoundly deep, so very real. A pure 10. Not to be missed.

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