Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
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An Old Flame 

A lonely James has an affair with the very married Lady Newbury.


Derek Bennett

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Episode complete credited cast:
Gordon Jackson ... Hudson
Angela Baddeley ... Mrs. Bridges
Simon Williams ... James Bellamy
Celia Bannerman ... Diana Newbury
Georgina Hale ... Violet Marshall
David Langton ... Richard Bellamy
Christopher Beeny ... Edward
Karen Dotrice ... Lily Hawkins
Jacqueline Tong ... Daisy Peel
John Quayle ... Lord Bunny Newbury
Tom Chatto ... The Waiter
Mike McKenzie Mike McKenzie ... The Pianist
John Caesar John Caesar ... The Policeman


It's Spring 1923 and James has a chance meeting with Diana Newbury in a nightclub and manages to rescue her from a potentially embarrassing situation when the police raid the club. He's on his own with Georgina in America and Richard and Virginia in Scotland and Diana joins him at a remote cottage for a couple of weeks. He feels a bit odd cuckolding his longtime friend Bunny Newbury but they plunge headlong into their affair without much concern for anyone else. Their ardor cools however and they quickly grow bored of one another. When Bunny hears what has happened he speaks to Richard Bellamy who is aghast at what his son has done. As the prospects dawns on James of just what he has done, he looks for a way out. Below stairs meanwhile, Edward finds himself in a pickle with his wife Daisy. Having accompanied James Bellamy as a valet he knows all too well what went on and mentioned to Daisy that Diana had her ladies maid, Violet, with her. When Daisy meets Violet by chance, she ... Written by garykmcd

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20 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place during the spring of 1922. See more »


Hudson: [Speaking about radio antennas] Imagine every house in London with a wee pole sticking up from the roof!
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The Edwardians
("Theme from Upstairs Downstairs) (uncredited)
Composed by Alexander Faris (1971)
Instrumental version heard under main titles
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A significant episode
19 December 2015 | by lewis-51See all my reviews

After a chance encounter, James and Diana Newberry strike up a passionate relationship.

It's very believable. As always, Diana is gorgeous -- I for one find her far more attractive than Hazel was. James says at one point that he regrets choosing Hazel over Diana. I think back then (about ten years earlier) James saw Diana as a bit scary and Hazel as safe. Now, their brief fling creates problems with Richard, and Bunny too when he finds out.

I won't reveal here how it turns out. But the whole episode provides a revealing look at James's character and what's become of his life postwar. Highly recommended.

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