Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 5, Episode 9

The Nine Days Wonder (13 Mar. 1977)

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The entire household comes together when a General Strike is called throughout Britain in May 1926

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It's May 1926 and the national miners' strike becomes a general strike with all public services coming to a grinding halt. There's no sympathy for the strikers at 165 Eaton Place. Above stairs, James in particular sees this as a precursor to a Soviet-style revolution. Below stairs, Mr. Hudson echoes Winston Churchill's belief that of the miners are reds, something Ruby takes objection to as her uncle Len is a miner and she proclaims, he is no red. James volunteers to drive a municipal bus and Frederick goes along to try and keep the peace. Lady Prudence Fairfax offers free lodging to young men who have come down from Oxford to work as strike breakers. Mr. Hudson goes to work as a Special Constable and is incensed when he returns to find that Ruby's Uncle Len and another miner have stopped in to visit. When the strike is called off after 9 days, it's all seen as a waste by those involved. Written by garykmcd

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The National Strike referred to occurred between May 4 and May 13, 1926. Somewhere between 1.5 and 1.75 million workers joined in solidarity with the coal miners, but Stanley Baldwin's government had nine months to prepare for and beat the labor coalition. The Flying Scotsman, which is discussed as Virginia's means of getting home was actually derailed by strikers. See more »

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Hudson: [Rhetorically] How many times have I told you not to be influenced by pub talk, Edward?
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God Save the King
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Composed by Thomas Augustin Arne (1745)
Heard over radio by servanrs in the pantry.
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Should the servants join the Strike?
19 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

May, 1926, It's the year of 'The General Strike', and the Bellamy household does their bit to keep things running smoothly, However; there are some doubts in the servants hall as to whether the Strike is legitimate or not, and whether they should in fact be out there striking too! Hudson lays the law down as always - but the others still have doubts...

Ruby gets a couple of unexpected visitors from her family who just happen to be Miners, and therefore are not made very welcome by Hudson and are seen as the 'enemy'.

For James it's a reminder of the War that Georgina so desperately wants to forget, and even Rose is unsettled and is glued to the Wireless like a battle station for reassurance that the different parties in the dispute are in fact talking of 'peace'.

This episode, though dealing with an important incident of history, comes across as a sort of 'filler' - this season being somewhat longer, and running for sixteen episodes instead of the usual thirteen.

TRIVIA: Note the scene in Georgina's bedroom when James taps his finger too hard on the Dressing Table, and Simon Williams clearly injures himself!


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