The Duchess of Duke Street

Season 1 Episode 7

A Lady of Virtue

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Oct 16, 1976 on BBC
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A Lady of Virtue
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A politician and a lady illustrator have an affair in Hotel Bentinck.

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  • Losing its way.

    7.0
    In the past two episodes the show seemed to go off the rails a bit. What started as a story about a fascinating woman trying to forge a career in the early 1900s is becoming a traditional hotel series in which each episode tells a separate story. In 'For Love or Money' we got the tale of a confidence trickster. The only original bit was the fact that Louisa didn't call the police but took her part of the loot. Her middle class irritation with the upper class made her side with the fake Baron. (Why, by the way, does Louisa keep her cockney accent? If she's been around the upper classes for years, the accent should have softened by now.)



    This episode feels like a rejected script from Upstairs Downstairs. The scenes with Louisa (the visit to the Natural Museum) seem added on to give Gemma Jones some screen time. Robert Hardy plays a role not dissimilar to one he played on Upstairs Downstairs. What makes it work eventually is Louisa's attempt to turn Mrs Strickland into a modern woman. The final scene, which shows that Louisa gives up her ideals for money, leaves a nasty after taste.



    But when are we going to see Louisa cook again?moreless
Robert Hardy

Robert Hardy

George Duggan

Guest Star

Elizabeth Shepherd

Elizabeth Shepherd

Diana Strickland

Guest Star

Juliet Waley

Juliet Waley

Sophie Strickland

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Merriman: Political impartiality, Mr. Starr, that's what you need in this job. It's best not to declare yourself. You lose out on tips if you do.

    • George Duggan: Let's go straight back to the Bentinck and discuss our relationship in private. Diana Strickland: Our relationship?


      George Duggan: What's it to be.


      Diana Strickland: Oh, now really, Mr. Duggan, you're rushing ahead of me. I wasn't aware there was any relationship.


      George Duggan: Well, you know. Two people lunching alone at The Savoy usually implies some sort of relationship.

    • Diana Strickland: I've never really known what society is, I've never really been a part of it. But now I think I do now. It's a skin that people hide in. Small people hide because it puffs them up, it protects them in their vanity.

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    • When Louisa shows the room to Diana Strickland, she mentions that Walter Sickert once stayed there. Walter Sickert (1860-1942) was a British impressionist painter. Strangely enough, he's also been mentioned as a possible suspect in the Jack The Ripper cases.

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