Louisa Trotter works her way up from being a skivvy to being the Queen of cooks, cook to the King, and owner of the Bentinck Hotel. Her life and happenings among the guests and staff of the... See full summary »
Francis Urquhart is the chief whip of the Conservative party. When Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader, he remains neutral and after a general election where the conservatives are returned ... See full summary »
Elizabeth and Lawrence Kirbridge return from their honeymoon and stop at 165 Eaton Place en route to their new home in Greenwich. She's pleased to learn that her mother has decided to lend her Rose for a few months and has also hired a cook for her. Lawrence seems somewhat aloof going off to see his publisher rather than accompany her to their new home. His disinterest continues even after they've moved in and it becomes apparent that they have little in common. He even leaves it to Elizabeth to hire his manservant, a Welshman named Thomas Watkins. The situation is not much better below stairs where Rose finds the cook, Mrs. Fellowes, has only limited abilities in the kitchen and a penchant to do no more than is absolutely required. As for Watkins, he proves to be reliable and perhaps a bit overly ambitious. He also flirts with Rose which has a exaggerated impact on Elizabeth. Written by
The last episode from the previous season ended on 1909. This episode was undated because the producers wanted to move the time frame backward in order to accommodate an episode featuring King Edward VII (1841-1910) later in the second season. See more »
When Thomas shakes out the coat so that it hangs neatly on the back of the chair the coat can be heard hitting the microphone. See more »
[referring to a newspaper in which his name appears]
I think I'm going to buy dozens of copies of this and send it to all my friends. I mean, there's no point in being famous if nobody knows about it.
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Tales from the Vienna Woods
Composed by Johann Strauß (as Johann Strauss) (1868)
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July - 1908 This was the first in the second season of this great and tremendously successful TV series! Elizabeth returns from her Honeymoon; both 'disillusioned' and unhappy... Nobody at this stage really knows why... She moves with her new husband, 'Lawrence Kirbridge', the Poet, into a new house - taking 'Rose' as a form of 'settling in present' from her parents. Elizabeth certainly needs her, as her world is slowly shattered...
In this episode too, we also get the famous 'red-herring' of the unlikely pairing of 'Thomas Watkins' and 'Rose' in a love affair! This episode introduces John Alderton who plays 'Thomas Watkins', (who joins his wife, Pauline Collins for the remainder of the season) and Jenny Tomasin as 'Ruby' (who replaces 'Nelly') the rather 'slow' Kitchen Maid, who would remain throughout the entire series, until it ended in 1930.
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