Upstairs, Downstairs: Season 5, Episode 1

On with the Dance (16 Jan. 1977)

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It's June 1919 and a jubilant Victory Parade passes 165 Eaton Place -- but with the new family dynamic, what's to become of the beloved Bellamy townhouse?


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Episode complete credited cast:
David Langton ...
Christopher Beeny ...
Jenny Tomasin ...
Jacqueline Tong ...
Gareth Hunt ...
Anne Yarker ...
Alice Hamilton
Jonathan Seely ...


It's July 1919 and everyone is celebrating the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Hudson allows the servants to go watch the victory parade, Georgina marches with her fellow nurses and James attends at the Royal pavilion. Richard and his new bride Virginia return to London and begin to search for a new home. James however is having difficulty moving on, still feeling the aftereffects of the wounds he suffered and most of all, the loss of his wife Hazel. The house is too large for just he and Georgina and despite his pleas that Richard and Virginia take up residence at 165 Eaton Place, Virginia insists they find a home of their own. Faced with no other option, James give the servants a months notice and plans on selling the house. Georgina suggests they invite Virginia's two children for an afternoon and it leads to a surprising outcome. Written by garykmcd

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Rose: All good things come to an end, hm?
Hudson: That's the way to look at it, Rose.
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("The Celebrated Chop Waltz") (uncredited)
Composed by Euphemia Allen(1877)
Played by Georgina on piano.
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It's a look back - and a look forward!
12 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Summer, 1919, This is the first episode of the very last season of 'Upstairs, Downstairs' - which is also the longest, having a total of sixteen episodes in all, instead of the usual thirteen. This series spans twelve years, from 1919 through to 1930.

After the intensity of the war years, we begin with a very 'quiet' and nostalgic episode, when the staff find that there is not enough for them to do, and consequently, they worry about their situation. Mrs. Bellamy having passed away six months before, and Richard Bellamy having remarried and not intending to stay at 165, there simply isn't enough work for the staff to do any more... When James gives them all a months' notice, it seems that 'Upstairs, Downstairs' has run its course, and cannot continue...

However; Georgina and James have a cunning plan to invite Lady Virginia and her children to tea - knowing that the children will fall in love with the house and persuade their parents to stay. The ruse works!

This season begins with two new staff memebrs in Frederick (Gareth Hunt) who replaces Edward as Footman, and Lily (Karen Dotrice) who replaces Daisy - the former two having left service the previous year after the war to make it in the big wide world!

Note: A famous line from Mrs. Bridges comes, when Daisy whilst visiting gets above herself and refers to the staff of 165 as 'people' - Mrs. Bridge retorts: 'and we are not 'people' neither Daisy!' Priceless!

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