Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
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Will Ye No Come Back Again 

Hudson is back in his element when the Bellamys travel to Scotland for their summer holiday.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Mrs. Bridges
Daisy Peel
Mrs. McKay


The Bellamy household packs up and goes to Scotland when Lord Bellamy is loaned a cottage for a ten day holiday. Virginia, Alice and Rose are in Paris but everyone else, including a reluctant Georgina, goes along. Their reception is anything but warm when Hudson, Edward, Daisy, Ruby and Mrs. Bridges arrive to find that no preparations have been made for them. The ghillie, Roderick McKay and his wife aren't very friendly either. McKay suggests they return to London without delay. When that doesn't work he seems to go out of his way to make their stay unpleasant. As Hudson eventually learns, the ghillie has a secret. Georgina meanwhile dislikes the place from the moment they arrive and is bored. When James reveals his burning love for her, she tells him there can be no future for them and he returns to London. Written by garykmcd

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3 April 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Perhaps owing to the location filming, although there are four episodes left in the series, this was actually the last episode of the original run of "Upstairs, Downstairs" ever filmed. Only Gordon Jackson was actually involved in the out-of-doors scenes filmed; the travel to Scotland by the other regulars is suggested by scenes filmed inside a car, coupled with exterior shots of a vehicle shot from a distance. See more »


The used car tires used as buffers in the side of the boat and on the harbor wall are modern with square cross-section, not the rounded type used in the period See more »


Georgina Worsley: Oh, perhaps it's the feeling of this place, being alone together, miles from anywhere. Coming up here was like going back in time. Peat fires, nursery tea, Bonnie Prince Charlie... But it's all make-believe and make-believe is for children. We did love each other once...
James Bellamy: We do!
Georgina Worsley: No, DID. During the war. That's all in the past, darling.
James Bellamy: Don't take this away from me, Georgina. I haven't anything else.
Richard Bellamy: [suddenly entering the room] I say, Hudson's just been telling me the most extraordinary thing! ...
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What Are We Going to Do with Uncle Edward?
Music by Alexander Faris (1971)
Lyrics by Alfred Shaughnessy
Heard under closing titles
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James' 'penultimate knock'...
23 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

May, 1928, The Bellamys go up to Scotland for a holiday.

This episode I believe was a 'filler', yet ironically for me is one of my favourites from this final season - and quite important too (as it turns out) to the story/plot concerning James' tragic end.

I never thought much about Scotland until I saw this episode, but every time I watch it, it makes me want to rush off up there and stay in some large old isolated house where the winds howl romantically through the night, and one is rather 'cut off' from the outside world - lovely...

This episode is important to the plot, as it's where James takes his 'penultimate knock', before taking his own life in 1929 - his rejection yet again of the love he has for Georgina... Whilst James was never the most likable character and had few redeeming qualities, one has to say that Georgina was a nasty piece of work underneath for those of us who could see through it - that apparent gentleness and child-like innocence did not fool me! She ruined far many more lives than she ever saved during the War with her selfishness, misleading - not to mention her scatty-headedness....

On a lighter note; there is a comic side to this episode in the fear-stricken Ruby, who behaves like a small child running for her 'mother Bridges' in the night after she thinks she's heard the 'dying laird' - coming back from the grave to get her!

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