Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 4, Episode 8

The Glorious Dead (22 Feb. 1976)

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Sadly, perhaps inevitably, tragic news arrives for someone at Eaton Place.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Meg Wynn Owen ...
Jacqueline Tong ...
Eileen Way ...
Madame Francini
Helena McCarthy ...
Mrs. Speedwell
Graham Leaman ...
Mr. Price


Rose is heartbroken and nearly hysterical when she receives a letter advising her that her fiancé, Sgt. Gregory Wilmot, has been killed in action. Hudson and the other servants try to calm her but to no avail. She now feels that any hope of improving her life and having her own household and family. Hazel Bellamy too is saddened by the news that her friend RFC flying ace Jack Dyson was killed in aerial combat in France. Hazel is very brave in not revealing her own loss and makes some inroad in calming Rose. James has come home on leave, clearly the worse for wear after the battle of the Somme. He questions the very reason they are fighting and now sees it all as futile. He writes out his thoughts and asks Hazel to have them published should he not return alive. In reading them, Hazel sees a new side to James and now has a greater respect for him. Written by garykmcd

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The Battle of the Somme, which is referred to several times, was fought between July 1, 1916 and November 18, 1916 and pitted French, British, and Dominion forces against German positions that had occupied that part of France for the past two years. The battle was in itself indecisive although it gave the British and French some tactical advantage and drove the Germans back 40 miles. The cost in human life is estimated at one million men. See more »


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("Theme from Upstairs Downstairs) (uncredited)
Composed bt Alexander Faris (1971)
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Bad news for Rose...
7 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

October, 1916, A 'classic' episode from this season, this one, when Rose gets bad news receiving a telegram to say that Gregory Wilmot, her intended, has been killed in action... Rose goes into shock, and turns to a clairvoyant for comfort. Mrs. Bellamy is furious when she finds out after Rose returns home hysterical, that a good Christian like she should turn to such charlatans for comfort instead of the church. In turn, Rose in her grief forgets herself, and tells her mistress some home-truths. Hazel being the generous person she is, instead of reprimanding her, simply admits that Rose has not said anything wicked at all - but simply the truth.

In the meantime; Hazel discovers from a newspaper that the man she is in love with behind James' back has also been killed in action... Adding to this; James comes home unexpectedly on leave, and for once, we get to see a more generous side of his nature, when he talks to Rose to help her feel better about her loss, and discovers Hazel's affair with Jack Dyson, but says nothing...

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