Upstairs Downstairs: Season 2, Episode 1

A Faraway Country About Which We Know Nothing (7 Oct. 2012)

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1938: Lady Maude has died and Pamela has come to live at Eaton Place, as has Blanche Mottershead, Maude's half-sister, an archaeologist, who came for the funeral and seems likely to stay ... See full summary »

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1938: Lady Maude has died and Pamela has come to live at Eaton Place, as has Blanche Mottershead, Maude's half-sister, an archaeologist, who came for the funeral and seems likely to stay indefinitely. Nursemaid Beryl is employed to help Lady Agnes with her new baby. The household prepares for another war in the wake of Chamberlain's seemingly futile talks with Hitler. Pritchard is in his element as an air raid warden, but falls foul of Great War widow Mrs Thackeray and Mr Amanjit when they learn from police sergeant Ashworth that the butler was a conscientious objector in that conflict. However, Lady Agnes calls on the staff to show a united front with the war coming. Hallam goes to Germany for last ditch talks and meets Persie, who has a German lover and no intention of returning home. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The title of this episode is taken from a notorious comment made by UK prime minister Neville Chamberlain in a radio broadcast on 27 September 1938, in which he described Germany's invasion of Czechoslovakia as "a quarrel in a far away country between people of whom we know nothing". See more »

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[when the police discover that Mr Pritchard was imprisoned as a conscientious objector twenty years ago during World War I, there is animosity from the other residents, both upstairs and downstairs, at Eaton Place]
Sir Hallam Holland: I'm sorry about all that business with the police. Your private life and your opinions are your own affair. It must have been distressing for you.
Mr. Warwick Pritchard: I find that when one follows one's conscience, sir, pain is generally felt by *other* people.
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References The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) See more »

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