Upstairs Downstairs: Season 1, Episode 2

The Ladybird (27 Dec. 2010)

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Persie becomes romantically involved with Spargo, who in turn involves her with the Facist movement much to the distress of the family's new Jewish maid.



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Lady Agnes learns that she is pregnant and is over-joyed following several,unsuccessful attempts.A new maid arrives,Rachel,a Jewess fleeing persecution in Germany. Hallam must meet another refugee, the Abyssinian emperor dethroned by Mussolini and he becomes aware of the fragility of world peace. Rachel gets on particularly well with Mr. Amanjit,as fellow 'foreigners' and brings him into the staff's social circle. She also tells him that she has a child,Lotte,looked after by a minder. Lady Persie and Spargo become lovers,united in their admiration for the Fascist politics of Oswald Moseley and attend a rally in Whitechapel where Rachel and Mr. Amanjit are among the many protesters. Persie is arrested but Rachel dies and Hallam,a committed anti-Fascist,vows to care for Lotte. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The movie magazine picture cut out and taped to the wall is Robert Taylor. See more »


As Lady Agnes is knitting with her husband at home, Ivor Novello's song "We'll Gather Lilacs" is playing in the background on the wireless. This song only appeared in 1945 in Novello's musical "Perchance to Dream". However the events of the episode took place nine years earlier, as dated by the death of King George V (20 January 1936) and Oswald Moseley's Whitechapel march (4 October 1936). See more »


Lady Agnes Holland: [to Hallem] It is such a cruel thing... to lose a baby. Nothing is ever untainted... even hope.
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References Manor House (2002) See more »


The Music of Upstairs and Downstairs: Upstairs Downstairs Theme
Written by Alexander Faris
Performed by Carl Davis
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