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Whither Shall I Wander? 

After nearly 30 years, the Bellamy saga ends with the sale of 165 Eaton Place and a fresh beginning for every member of the household.

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It's Summer 1930 and Sir Geoffrey Dillon informs the family that he has finally managed to work his way through the detail of James Bellamy's estate. In his will he left pretty well everything to Georgina but she will have nothing to inherit. The house will have to be sold along with the contents with the proceeds used to pay down the debts he left behind. Still distraught at James deaths, Georgina anxiously awaits the return of Robert Stockbridge from his forced trip around the world. They have been writing each other constantly but she has now gone nearly three weeks without a letter and she tells Virginia she is certain that he has changed his mind. When he does return, he reaffirms his desire to marry her but she is the one who now refuses, stating that she is penniless and has no money to pay for her wedding. She flatly refuses to let the Bellamys pay and talks of going abroad herself. It's Virginia who comes up with a plan make things right. Below stairs, the servants have been ... Written by garykmcd

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1 May 1977 (USA)  »

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Last show of the series. See more »

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As Rose closes the blind in the morning room for the last time the entire window frame wobbles. See more »

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[Hudson rails against the stock market crash, the government and the prime minister]
Edward Barnes - Chauffeur: What I don't understand, Mr Hudson, is where the money's gone to. I mean, one minute everyone's rich and they've got gold, money in the bank, shares and all that. And the next minute, they're skint. Well if *they* haven't got it, who has? Gold doesn't disappear into thin air.
Mr. Angus Hudson - Butler: It's all the fault of this socialist government, Edward. They should never have got rid of Mr Baldwin. Though I say so myself, Ramsay ...
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The Edwardians: Theme from Upstairs Downstairs
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Composed by Alexander Faris (1972)
Instrumental version heard over main titles
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The Bellamy's pack up and leave...
27 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Summer. 1930, This was the very last episode ever of the award-winning TV series 'Upstairs, Downstairs'. After five years of gracing our screens - and almost thirty in the actual story-telling, 'UD' finally came to an end having reached the summer of 1930, and the end of an era...

We see Georgina selfish and self-centred to the very last here, when all her concerns are for herself; the wedding that she can't pay for because James left debts (to hell with the way the poor man felt...) and her concerns as to whether or not she will be 'liable' for any of those debts... Charming! Whilst this episode is 'good', I have to confess at having been just a little disappointed at how it was done - particularly the final section (Part Three) when it is left to Rose to close up the house, and to wander through all the rooms reminiscing. Now, whilst I do not wish to sound 'overly sentimental', it seems to me, that someone like Rose would have had a few more 'flashbacks' than she actually did, and I suspect that many of these were cut short in view of the time and effort of searching for old tapes from earlier episodes for 're-dubbing'. Whilst this may have been a bigger job back then that it would have been today, I thought it was worth doing, as it is, we are left feeling not only 'cheated' having these scenes cut short, but also made to feel that somebody somewhere felt them not worth the time, trouble and expense, which to me is a great pity... For example; we only really get a couple of 'voices from the past' and both short 'snippets' from the very first ep. 'On Trial' featuring the voices of Sarah and Lady Marjorie. A couple more from slightly later on

  • and again, from the same ep. Apart from these, we only get 'snippets'


from more recent episodes from James and Lily. It would have been nice to have seen Rose hearing perhaps Emily, more of Sarah, Hazel Bellamy perhaps, and some of the real drama that would most certainly have gone through the mind of Rose at such a time in her life...

However, it didn't happen - and a great opportunity lost in my opinion, which makes the closing episode to one the most significant British TV Shows, pretty 'unremarkable'...


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