Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 4, Episode 3

The Beastly Hun (18 Jan. 1976)

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The sinking of the Lusitania has Hudson on a tirade and his anti-German fervor pervade the servants hall. Upstairs, Richard is made Civil Lord of the Admiralty in the newly-formed coalition government.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Meg Wynn Owen ...
David Langton ...
Timothy Peters ...
Lt. Dennis Kemp
Jenny Tomasin ...
Jacqueline Tong ...
Gertan Klauber ...
Albert Schoenfeld
Freda Dowie ...
Maria Schoenfeld
Robert Swann ...
Medical Officer
Giles Watling ...
2nd Lt. James Marriott
Keith Jayne ...
Wilfred Schoenfeld


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 garykmcd

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18 January 1976 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in May 1915. 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: [furiously] 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?
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What Are We Going to Do with Uncle Edward?
Music by Alexander Faris (1971)
Lyrics by Alfred Shaugnessy
Indtrumental version heard under closing titles
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Hazel Bellamy puts Hudson in his place!
31 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

June, 1915, One of my favourite episodes from this fourth season, when Hazel for once exercises her authority above stairs when she ticks Hudson off for scare mongering the other servants with false spy stories. Hudson, having a dislike of Hazel Bellamy does not take this well - thinking she was not of the class that should have ever have had servants, and so this is quite rewarding in its retaliation for Mrs. Bellamy. Hazel was not one to use her authority often, but having been cornered, does so here with great gusto! A family of Bakers of German origin arrive at Eaton Place injured and for protection when their shop is attacked by vicious and suspicious Brits. The staff do not wish to believe English people to be capable of such horrors (the same goes for some very gullible British people today) but the British are just as capable as anyone else during war-time. Hudson wishes to send them on their way, but Hazel, as always comes up trumps when she says: 'they can have my bedroom if necessary'! How I loved her character... She also has a go at the selfish Georgina who leads men astray and is so carefree towards them as they are sent to the front to die for their country.

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