Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 2, Episode 6

The Property of a Lady (24 Nov. 1972)

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A tangled web of duplicity is woven when love letters in Lady Marjorie's delicate hand fall into the tawdry hands of a scheming Irishman.


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There is trouble in the Bellamy household when an ex-soldier, an Irishman by the name of Dooley, appears at 165 Eaton Place asking to see Lady Marjorie. Hudson hustles him out the door but he soon shows up in the mews and tells chauffeur Thomas Watkins that he is in possession of letters Lady Marjorie wrote to her one time lover, the deceased Captain Charles Hammond. He's clearly out to extort money from her and his price eventually rises to £200, with a threat to send the love letters to the Daily Mail if his demands aren't met. The wily Tom Watkins decides to play both sides. He has no intention of letting Dooley get the money and with Sarah's help, devises a clever scheme to ensure that Tom Watkins is the only one who will come out on top. The result that both Lady Marjorie and Richard are beholden to him and his stature in their eyes grows considerably - and Sarah ends up in his bed. Written by garykmcd

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Dooley: Well, come on, come on! Let's see the color of your money!
Thomas Watkins: Well, just a minute, Mr. Dooley, you wouldn't expect my mistress, a lady of quality, to trust me with two hundred pounds in bank notes, would you? i mean, me a chaffeur, a simple servant?
Dooley: No. I wouldn't trust you with a baby's rattle meself.
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What Are WE Going To Do About Uncle Albert
Music by Alexander Faris
Lyrics by Alfred Shaughnessy (1971)
Instrumental version in closing credit sequence
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Lady Marjorie is blackmailed!
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March 1909 Lady Marjorie's affair of three years earlier in 1906 comes back to haunt her in the form of some discovered love letters she wrote to Captain Charles Hammond (now dead) by his Batman. He turns up at Eaton Place requesting an audience with Lady Marjorie. Of course Hudson sends him on his way, but he makes himself agreeable to 'Watkins' (John Alderton, who plays the new Chauffeur) around the back of the house.

Between them, they intend to 'blackmail' Lady Marjorie, but Sarah (now no longer employed as a 'domestic'), having become 'intimate' with Thomas talks him out of it. Watkins gets all the credit, but little do the Bellamy's ever know, that it was little Sarah who really saved the day!

In this episode, it is made obvious once again Pauline Collins' ability at comedy. She would excel at this in the coming series 'No-Honestly', which both she and her husband starred after they both left 'Upstairs, Downstairs' a couple of years later.

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