Two bachelors pitch the woo to two ladies in the Bellamy household



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sir Guy Paynter
Gareth Hunt ...
Mrs. Polly Merivale
Herbert Turner
Leonard Kavanagh ...


Richard Bellamy has decided that he wants a post in government, specifically an under-secretaryship at the Foreign Office, and begins to lay the groundwork for an appointment. As part of that, he realizes that Sir Guy Painter will have much to say about it all and invites him to dinner. Virginia cannot abide the man and tells Richard so but he begs her to be civil with him and think of his, Richard's, future. Soon however, it becomes very obvious that the has taken a romantic interest in Virginia. He begins to drop to see her unexpectedly and even makes her a gift of a rare first edition. Romance is also in the air below stairs where it turns out Ruby has been corresponding with a stranger thanks to an ad in the newspaper. Hudson and Mrs. Bridges insist that he be invited to tea so they can look him over. He too has a romantic interest in Ruby and proposes. Her response and the reason behind surprises everyone. Written by garykmcd

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6 March 1977 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place during the summer of 1925. See more »


Sir Guy Paynter: I approve of Baldwin because he never ever does anything at all if he can possibly avoid it... a perfect politician.
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References The Eagle (1925) See more »


The Edwardians: Theme from Upstairs Downstairs
Composed by Alexander Faris (1971)
instrumental version heard under main titles
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Ruby starts dating!!
19 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Summer, 1925, Ruby takes up pen-pal writing and meets a man unromantically named; 'Herbert Turner'. She actually gets dated, which is amusing in itself, but it's even funnier the way the staff and everyone reacts. Having no romance in their own lives, the staff at 165 show an unhealthy interest in poor Ruby's short-lived affair! The most amusing part in all this being, that it's actually Ruby that dumps the man - and not the other way round! Meanwhile; upstairs, Lady Virginia becomes involved with a gay man (yet another UD encounter with this subject!) 'Sir Guy Paynter', played by Robert Hardy. Richard's not concerned, as he already knows of the man's 'leanings' and therefore is not threat, and Virginia pretends not to know in order to try to make Richard jealous.

An unremarkable episode in this last season, but amusing in parts.

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