It's spring and Hudson's fancy wreaks havoc on the entire household.



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It's Spring 1924 and Georgina has returned from visiting Elizabeth in New York City. On her return from a visit to the Wembly Exhibition, she tells Virginia what she saw: Hudson and Lily the parlor maid, touring the exhibition holding hands. Virginia isn't quite sure what to make of it all and whether she should even raise the issue with him but before she can even decide what to do, Hudson gives Lord and Lady Bellamy one month's notice telling them that he has fallen in love with Lilly and that they are to be married. Lily however isn't so sure and and feels trapped by the turn of events. While she has enjoyed her outings with Hudson, he's never really asked her to marry him and he's not what she would want as a husband. She is left with little choice but to tell him in the frankest terms how she views their relationship, leaving broken hearts all 'round. Written by garykmcd

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27 February 1977 (USA)  »

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Gordon Jackson was very uncomfortable with Hudson's romance with the character played by Karen Dotrice, as he was, in real life, best friends with her father, Roy Dotrice.. See more »


Virginia Bellamy: [Frustrated, to herself] Oh, Hudson, Hudson, Hudson! What are you doing to us all?
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The Edwardians: Theme from Upstairs Downstairs
Composed by Alexander Faris (1971)
instrumental version heard under main titles
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Hudson has an affair with one of the house maids!
19 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Spring, 1924, This episode shocked regular Viewers when it went out, as Hudson becomes romantically involved with the underhouse parlour maid, Lily.

Viewers having watched all five seasons of this series will know how this 'fling' for Hudson, as Mrs. Bridges says, goes against all that he has stood for over the years. From this point of view, one could be forgiven for thinking that the Writers here had made a bit of a 'booby' with this one. Anyway, it survived to tell the tale, and was to become just one of several 'shock' episodes in the final season of what was to become one of Britain's classic TV series ever made! Hudson turns the household upside down, as he first shocks the family upstairs, breaks Mrs. Bridges' heart, having promised to marry her years earlier, and Rose gives him the cold shoulder! This is the first episode we see Daisy with dyed black hair, and becoming way over confident (credibility-wise) as she takes on a personality make-over! Remember the shy, vulnerable and timid little Daisy we saw enter through the door of 165 a couple of seasons back? Is this the same person we ask!??

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