Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 4, Episode 4

Women Shall Not Weep (25 Jan. 1976)

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Edward and Daisy marry before he's sent to France and Georgina becomes a volunteer nurse.

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Daisy and Edward's happy day has arrived and they are married. They have a party in the servants' hall but there is much sadness as well as Edward is being sent to the front that very evening. Georgina is also seeing her friends off to the front and with the ever-growing list of war casualties, everyone is aware that they are not likely to return. Daisy and Edward have an emotional farewell at the train station but for Georgina, emotion comes after the train has left and she sees the arrival of a hospital train with dozens upon dozens of wounded. She decides to become a nurse and make her own direct contribution to the war effort. Her duties aren't quite what she expected however. Below stairs, everyone is shocked when Ruby gives her notice having taken a job in a munitions factory at an unbelievably high salary. Written by garykmcd

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The scenes shot at Marylebone station showing firstly the soldiers departing to fight in France and secondly the wounded soldiers returning from France, were one of the most expensive outside broadcasts for a drama series at the time. They were filmed on a Sunday when fewest British Rail trains used the station. Filming had to stop every hour to accommodate the hourly British Rail train from Princes Risborough; the hourly service from Aylesbury did not run on a Sunday at the time. Judiciously-placed artificial smoke was used to conceal any modern features of the station which could not be covered by the art department. Many extras were used, firstly for the departure to France when they were dressed in immaculate uniforms and filmed on one side of the train. Then for the scenes of soldiers returning from the front some months later, the same extras were made up with horrific war wounds and dressed in tattered, filthy, blood-stained uniforms. The other side of the train, suitably "distressed" by the art department and shown arriving at a different platform, was used for these scenes. See more »

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"Keep the Home Fires Burning' (uncredited)
Music by Ivor Novello
Lyrics by Lena Dilbert Ford (1914)
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Everybody weeps...
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September, 1915, This episode will have a lump in your throat throughout! Daisy finally marries Edward and the wedding is 'tinged' by the fact that Edward must leave for the front rightaway. It also doesn't help that nobody from the house (upstairs that is) can make the wedding - particularly Miss Georgina who has always had a special relationship with Daisy.

As Georgina sees some of her friends off to the front too at the railway station, she is moved by a train load of injured soldiers coming in. She helps hand out mugs of coffee with some kind words. The turning point is when she lights a cigarette for a dying man, and he dies before he finishes the smoke... It is then she decides like many to become a nurse, but her dreams of becoming a Florence Nightingale are shattered when she is given a ward of sick women.

Ruby takes everybody by surprise, as whilst all the rest of the staff at 165 are merely talking/thinking of leaving to do war-work, she's already found herself a job in a munitions factory earning three times as much money as Rose! Needless to say she leaves Eaton Place - certainly not the stupid girl everybody thinks!


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