Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
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The Glorious Dead 

Sadly, perhaps inevitably, tragic news arrives for someone at Eaton Place.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Mrs. Bridges
... Hudson
... Rose
... Hazel Bellamy
... James Bellamy
... Daisy Peel
Eileen Way ... Madame Francini
Helena McCarthy ... Mrs. Speedwell
Graham Leaman ... Mr. Price


Rose is heartbroken and nearly hysterical when she receives a letter advising her that her fiancé, Sgt. Gregory Wilmot, has been killed in action. Hudson and the other servants try to calm her but to no avail. She now feels that any hope of improving her life and having her own household and family. Hazel Bellamy too is saddened by the news that her friend RFC flying ace Jack Dyson was killed in aerial combat in France. Hazel is very brave in not revealing her own loss and makes some inroad in calming Rose. James has come home on leave, clearly the worse for wear after the battle of the Somme. He questions the very reason they are fighting and now sees it all as futile. He writes out his thoughts and asks Hazel to have them published should he not return alive. In reading them, Hazel sees a new side to James and now has a greater respect for him. Written by garykmcd

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22 February 1976 (USA)  »

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The Battle of the Somme, which is referred to several times, was fought between July 1, 1916 and November 18, 1916 and pitted French, British, and Dominion forces against German positions that had occupied that part of France for the past two years. The battle was in itself indecisive although it gave the British and French some tactical advantage and drove the Germans back 40 miles. The cost in human life is estimated at one million men. See more »


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Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson (as Banjo Paterson) (1895)
Music by Christine Macpherson based on an earlier folk bush ballad
Heard by diembodied voice at seance.
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A meditation on war!
13 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

** spoiler alert **

One of the series' very best episodes, tragic news arrives at Eaton Place for Rose. Sgt. Wilmont has been killed, Rose is inconsolable, and the entire downstairs is rocked. Hazel does her best to comfort Rose but is dealing with her grief with the news of Lt. Jack Dyson's death, which is front page news. In an incandescent scene, one grief- stricken woman does her best to calm another with the advice to seek comfort in prayer. In the meantime, a broken James returns home and does his best to explain to his wife what's happened and why he no longer believes in the unimaginable horror of this conflict. It's here that we begin to see the unhinging of James Bellamy. "The Glorious Dead" are not only the heroes who have sacrificed their lives - they are used and, even manipulated, by the living for the purpose of psychological survival. The episode is a tour de force, thematically, dramatically and, without revealing the denouement, fiercely and intensely moving. It is a bravura 50 minutes of riveting television viewing and, a searing meditation on the abject waste and nightmare of violent conflict.

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