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
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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
How many times have I told you not to be influenced by pub talk, Edward?
("Theme from Upstairs Downstairs) (uncredited)
Composed by Alexander Faris (1971)
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