This episode does a lot of scene setting and a lot of introducing. And there is a lot to get straight in viewers' minds. We meet the three main characters and then see them settling into their new roles as Nannies. While they all end up in the same job, their journeys to employment vary dramatically.
Mattie is the only experienced Nanny who arrives in Berkeley square with solid references and a job waiting for her. She handles confrontation with other staff and her young charges with grace and dignity and proves her mettle under trying circumstances.
Lydia travels from the country where she has left her family and everything she knows in search of a better life. She hasn't even left her village before, let alone worked as a nanny and quickly discovers that raising your brothers and sisters counts for little when you are given charge of a future member of the aristocracy.
Hannah is at the last chance saloon when she finds employment as a nurse maid under the vile Nanny Simmons. Having had to beg, lie and steal her way into the job nothing is going to stand in her way and prevent her from providing for her own child. Even if it means she has to leave him in the charge of a virtual stranger.
This episode also makes some pretty strident social comments as well. Many people hanker after the glory days of this period but Berkeley Square shows it for all it was and wasn't. There is a reason why the suffragette movement was born in and out of this period of history. And why it is definitely better to be rich!moreless