Anti-German sentiment is running high with horrific tales of atrocities on the battlefield. Mr. Hudson isn't helping matters much repeating many of the rumors and outright lies being printed in the gutter press and setting the staff on edge. The sinking of the Lusitania leads to outrage in many quarters with mobs attacking businesses with German sounding names and anyone who has a hint of German about him. Hudson lies about his age and tries to enlist but fails the medical exam leading him to join the Specials Constables, auxiliary police who patrol the street and stand guard at power plants and the like. It all becomes more personalized for the servants when the Schoenfeld family, their usual baker, are forced out of their home and the bakery set alight. Hudson proves to be unsympathetic and Hazel takes him to task. Meanwhile the government has agreed to form a coalition with the Opposition parties and Richard Bellamy is named Civil Lord of the Admiralty. Written by
Did You Know?
Anti-German sentiment prior to and during WWI did in fact include rioting, assaults on suspected Germans and the looting of stores owned by people with German-sounding names. The hysteria in Great Britain (and other nations, including the United States) was felt all the way up to the British monarchy, and was the reason King George V changed his German name of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, to Windsor. See more
Hudson is shown reading a newspaper about the Lusitania sinking. While reading he reveals to co-workers that the ship was an American ship. The Lusitania was owned by the Cunard Line which at that time was a British company. See more
Rose Buck, housemaid
You've got foreigners on the mind, you have, Mr Hudson! I remember the time you said that the German Army had landed, and that they were all working on the South coast as waiters and hairdressers, and that they'd all rise up and slaughter us in our beds! Haha! Well they haven't, have they? We're still here, aren't we?
The Edwardians: Theme from Upstairs Downstairs
Composed by Alexander Faris
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