At the end of a very difficult year, the New Year is full of hope and augurs well, especially for Richard Bellamy



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As 1917 approaches everyone, both upstairs and downstairs, are hopeful that the new year will be better than the one coming to an end. Richard is shocked when he receives a note from 10 Downing St. offering him a peerage in the King's New Year's Honours List. He accepts and on the advice of Sir Geoffrey Dillon, takes the title Viscount Bellamy of Haversham. He also receives a visit Virginia Graham, a war widow who is hoping to enlist his aid in a fund-raising effort to pay the education fees of children whose fathers have died in the war. Richard is not at his best and dismisses her somewhat curtly, something he later learns to regret. Edward returns on leave but he is not a well man. When Richard finds him sitting on the stairway in tears, he realizes he is suffering from shell-shock and ensures he is well taken care of. After a munitions factory blows up, a familiar face returns to 165 Eaton Place. Written by garykmcd

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29 February 1976 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place from December 27, 1916 to January 20, 1917. See more »


Sir Geoffrey Dillon: I don't want to pester you, Richard, but a peerage is one way to get rid of a minister.
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The Edwardians: Theme from Upstairs Downstairs
Composed by Alexander Faris (1971)
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And the War rages on...
7 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

January, 1917, Richard Bellamy receives a 'Lordship' which makes Hudson's day more than anyone's! Virginia Hamilton makes her first appearance when she arrives at Eaton Place to see Mr. Bellamy for help with a charity set up by she and her friend. She's sent away - more or less with a flea in her ear, and Richard is hoping never to see her again. However; she reports him to his seniors and then comes back to apologise.

Edward is home on leave, and although he makes a brave attempt to put on a front, is actually quite ill. He is found sobbing on the stairs late New Years' Eve by Mr. Bellamy. He subsequently tries to get him invalided out of the Army using his influence and Sir Geoffrey Dillon.

The Bellamys whilst entertaining, feel and hear an explosion nearby one evening - little do they know it is where Ruby went to work. During the night, Rose wakes the mistress to tell her Ruby has arrived, frightened and homeless in the Servants' Hall.

Viewers will find this episode another tear-jerker with lots of moving moments and nostalgia - particularly as the camera scans the hallway when it's all silent in the dead of night. Thought-provoking stuff!

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