Lady Prudence finally gets hold of the Bellamy drawing room for a worthy cause.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Robin Bailey ...
Gerald Maitland
Lady Constance Weir
Fanny Rowe ...
Duchess of Mitcham
Alfred Maron ...
Christopher Good ...


The Bellamy household is again invaded by Lady Prudence Fairfax and one of her committees who commandeer the drawing room for yet another fund-raiser, this time for the Red Cross. They have co-opted the services of a well-known actor, Gerald Maitland, to stage a series of tableaux on a war-related theme. Georgina is home on leaves and agrees to portray Florence Nightingale and Prudence even recruits one of the staff to be the central character in the finale. At the final rehearsal however, 165 Eaton Place is extensively damaged in an air raid. Hudson proceeds to his duties as a Special Constable but is wounded and requires hospitalization. The final blow is a telegram advising them that James is missing in action in France and believed killed. Written by garykmcd

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7 March 1976 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in October 1917. See more »


Three plates of 'Win the War Pie' get passed to Mrs. Bridges and Ruby. See more »


Lady Constance Weir: [to Prudence] asking Dorothy to play the Virgin Mary's like asking Henry VIII to play a celibate monk.
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The Edwardians: Theme from Upstairs Downstairs
Composed by Alexander Faris (1971)
Instrumental version heard under main titles
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Ruby becomes a star!
11 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

September, 1917, Lady Prudence manages to seize the Drawing Room behind Hazel's back whilst she's away, and brings a famous stage actor: 'Gerald Maitland' to organise a 'tableau' in aid of some charity or other to do with the War. Much comedy ensues - with contributions from Fanny Rowe who plays the 'Duchess', and Ruby is chosen to appear on stage, with Mrs. Bridges' astute observation: 'there'll be havin' her in movin' pictures next'!

There is more comedy, when Mrs. Bridges and Ruby have never got on so well! Before Mrs. Bellamy went away, she'd suggested that Mrs. Bridges attend some meetings to learn how to economise in the Kitchen, and to produce wholesome, yet patriotic meals. Mrs. Bridges is not too keen on this for herself - being above such advice, but takes Ruby along instead. The result being, some awful meals (cooked mainly by Ruby) with patriotic titles, such as: 'Win The War Pie' consisting of 'potato substitute' and involves using up all the left over scraps of food that would normally be thrown away!

Rose misses a marvellous opportunity, had she not been so shy, when it is apparent that the famous actor Gerald Maitland takes a shine to her during an air raid, when Eaton Place is damaged by an explosion, and all the actors and guests have to take refuge below stairs in the servants quarters during the black out. This was a great pity, since this would be Rose's last opportunity to escape Service, and would end her days an old maid...

Hudson returns from his duty as Special Constable after the air raid, injured, and having all come through the disaster relatively unharmed, there is a telegram with bad news, when James is missing, and believed killed in action...

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