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
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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
("Theme from Upstairs Downstairs) (uncredited)
Composed bt Alexander Faris (1971)
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