Upstairs Downstairs: Season 1, Episode 3

The Cuckoo (28 Dec. 2010)

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Persie begins to develop a relationship with Ribbentrop, the King decides to abdicate, Lotta continues to be traumatized and Hellam discovers he has a sister.



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Mrs. Thackeray is enchanted by a meeting with society photographer Cecil Beaton, who takes a glamorous snap of her, rather to Rose's annoyance. The Duke of Kent persuades Hallam to throw a dinner party at which plans are made to forge a compromise should the king marry Mrs. Simpson, though the problem is solved by the abdication. Lady Maud believes that Lotte, virtually an elected mute since her mother's death, should have psychiatric help and takes her to a residential home. In pursuing them Hallam discovers that Pamela, the sister he thought had died but actually has Downs Syndrome, is also there, a fact Maud has thought it her duty to keep from him. Whilst Hallam gains a sister Agnes loses hers as Persie, now a committed Fascist, throws over the repentant Spargo to go to Germany with Von Ribbentrop. Agnes goes into labour and Pritchard assists Lady Maud in delivering her baby. The grateful family grant him a favour - the reinstatement of Johnny, now released from Borstal. Christmas... Written by don @ minifie-1

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When the radio is switched on for the King's Abdication speech, the dial light turns on and sound is heard instantly. In the 1930's radios did not switch on instantly - they had valves which required a minute or so to "warm up". (The filaments in them needed to become virtually incandescent to emit electrons). It's only since the application of the transistor to radio technology in the 1950's that radios switch on instantly. See more »


Mr. Pritchard: [to the other servants referring to the dining room] I don't know what's under discussion in the dining room but every time I knock the silence is so thick, you could stuff a cushion with it.
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