Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 2, Episode 3

Married Love (17 Nov. 1974)

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The strained Kirbridge marriage has yet to be consummated, causing Elizabeth great unhappiness in her quest to make a happy life with Lawrence and her great desire to start a family. As it happens, Lawrence's interests lie elsewhere.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Nicola Pagett ...
Rachel Gurney ...
Sir Edwin Partridge
Dorothy Frere ...
Mrs. Fellowes
Brian Osborne ...
James Woolley ...
Peter Myers ...
Tony Aitken ...
Edward Harvey ...


The Kirbridges marriage, such as it is, is on the decline. Elizabeth is frustrated at not yet having consummated their marriage while Lawrence expresses the view that sexual relations are not necessary for a couple to love one another. Lawrence confides in his publisher Sir Edwin Partridge who offers to seduce Elizabeth and thus deal with the new bride's sexual frustrations on Lawrence's behalf. At a soirée organized by Lawrence for some of his literary friends, the champagne is flowing freely, Partridge is at his best in the role of seducer and soon finds his way into Elizabeth's bed. Below stairs meanwhile, Thomas has been planting the idea that the Kirbridges need a motorcar, though Lawrence quickly realizes that it is Thomas who seems to want one. Elizabeth is firmly in favor of the idea and Lawrence agrees. Written by garykmcd

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This episode takes place in September 1909. See more »


Sir Edwin Partridge: [to Elizabeth] As a performance I've acquired to compensate for a hideous bashfulness... beneath the peacock is a partridge, and a very humble one. If I let him out too often, he'll be shot. Try to understand.
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The Merry Widow
Composed by Franz Lehár (1905)
Played on piano at the poetry soiree.
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'Married Bliss'??
20 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

September - 1908 Elizabeth and Lawrence are attempting to settle into married life - but there's one slight problem; Lawrence finds making love to Elizabeth 'repulsive' - time to call in his Publisher Sir Edwin Partridge (Charles Gray) to manage what he himself cannot... Elizabeth for her part; frustrated and, simply longing to lose her virginity, acquiesces with great ease.

This episode also shows Thomas's cunning and at his most 'enterprising', as even he can guess that as early on as this, that the marriage is doomed to failure... He ceases his opportunity to get his feet firmly under the table at Eaton Place by siding with Elizabeth to win favour in getting a motor car, and boasting of his knowledge to Lady Marjorie when she comes to visit.

This is the last episode we see the character 'Pearce' which was played by Brian Osborne since the beginning of the series which was set in 1903.

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