Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 3, Episode 5

Rose's Pigeon (1 Dec. 1974)

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Alfred, the former Bellamy footman, is on the run and dupes Rose and uses her kindness as a shield from the law.

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Rose is shocked when Alfred, their former footman, turns up at 165 Eaton Place. From all appearance he's been sleeping rough and clearly hasn't eaten for several days. Without telling anyone, she let's him stay in the servants' hall and feeds him. He tells her his story since he ran off with the German Baron and spins a yarn about how his attraction to his latest employer's pretty young daughter got him sacked. Rose has a soft spot for Alfred but not surprisingly, he hasn't been truthful with her. When Hudson reports Alfred's presence to Richard Bellamy, a visiting Sir Geoffrey Dillon makes inquiries only to learn that Alfred's most recent employer was found murdered. The police are soon on the scene but one of the servants is put in danger when Alfred takes a prisoner. Written by garykmcd

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Hudson: [watching Alfred eat in the servant's kitchen] I can see they don't teach manners in German kitchens.
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What Are We Gonig To Do with Uncle Arthur
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Composed by Alexander Faris (1971)
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A previous Footman returns to Eaton Place on the run for murder!
20 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

November, 1912. An old face appears at the back door late one night. Alfred Harris, one-time Footman at 165, turns up on the run. He'd left Eaton Place seven years earlier back in 1905 after having a homosexual affair with a visiting German Baron.

Rose conceals Alfred for as long as she can, feeding him scraps and telling Hudson she's feeding an injured pigeon in one of the outbuildings. When Hudson discovers the truth, and who it is, he wants Alfred sent packing. However; Rose, being the soft-hearted and romantic fool that she is, believes a cock and bull story from Alfred about him having gone 'straight', and having had an affair with a young woman, and that they were forbidden to continue the liaison which has resulted in his return and being jobless.

Quite by chance; Sir Geoffrey Dillon is visiting the Bellamys when Alfred is discovered, and learning the history of Alfred, and his previous departure, it comes to light that he is in fact on the run for murder!

This was an outstanding episode in my opinion, which includes one of the most dramatic scenes as Edward (Christopher Beeny) is held at knife point by Alfred for some time. It's odd to note that this episode did not feature in 'The Best Of' season which was a long run of what was believed to be the very best episodes from the five seasons in 1976, just after the final series had ended.


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