Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 1, Episode 1

On Trial (6 Jan. 1974)

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On a crisp autumn morning in 1903, a young woman seeks employment in a fashionable London townhouse.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Rachel Gurney ...
David Langton ...
Evin Crowley ...
Patsy Smart ...
George Innes ...
Brian Osborne ...
Patsy Crowther ...
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Beatrice Greek ...
Matty (scenes deleted)


In November 1903, a new under-house parlour maid arrives for duty at 165 Eaton Place. Above stairs live the wealthy Bellamy family, Lady Marjorie and her husband Richard who is a Conservative member of Parliament. Below stairs live the other 'family', the various servants of the house including Mr. Hudson the butler, Mrs. Bridges the cook, Alfred the valet, Emily the scullery maid, Miss Roberts who is Mrs Bellamy's personal maid, Mr. Pierce the coachman and Rose, the parlour maid. The new arrival is Sarah, though she prefers to be called Clémence and to everyone's surprise, Mrs. Bellamy hires her on trial. Despite her protestations to the contrary Sarah has clearly never been in service before and it takes some time for her to adjust to her surroundings. She soon realizes however that she has around her the caring family she has never had. Written by garykmcd

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6 January 1974 (USA)  »

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The events in this episode take place in November 1903, according to a caption in the opening titles. See more »


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TheTrial is incredibly good
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When I first watched Upstairs Downstairs which began with this episode on Masterpiece Theater, I was unaware of what kind of a treat would be presented. It will be hard to rate the episodes lower than 10, because this is my favorite series ever---and I am now a senior citizen. The story is excellent, the acting wonderful-- I feel the characters are my friends. Though I know the plot well enough now to recite many of the lines, I still watch the series over and over. For me,it has gotten beyond the script. There is soul in the series. I was intrigued with the "busy" atmosphere--Roberts looking for buttons and gloves, Mrs. Bridges fussing in the kitchen, and Rose doing her duty. And then-Sarah!

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