The Duchess of Duke Street

Season 2 Episode 16

Ain't We Got Fun

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Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Dec 24, 1977 on BBC
8.0
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An American writer decides to put Louisa's story to paper. Meanwhile life changes for several people at the Bentinck.

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  • The end, and not a minute too soon.

    8.0
    This show lost its footing in the second half of the second series. (Spoilers ahead) When Charlie passed away in Shadows, the show lost one of its most important - if not the main - themes: the relationship between Louisa and Charlie. The six episodes that followed had some embarrassing moments, tried to make Louisa's relationship with Lottie an acceptable replacement or awkwardly attempted to fill in the stories of other characters. (Poor Mary all of a sudden had two love affairs.)



    Perhaps the writers went over the Great War too quickly. Upstairs Downstairs spent an entire season on those four years, because it knew it had potential for stories. (Like in Upstairs Downstairs, this show tries to make the audience forget that the characters have aged twenty-five years over the course of thirty-one episodes. If Merriman was an old man, let's say sixty, at the start, that would make him eighty-five in this episode.)



    Apparently the writers knew there was no future without Charlie. (Louisa became quite annoying as a 'widow'.) So they wrote interesting bits for the other characters in this final episode: Merriman gets rich (for a while), Starr and Mary decide to marry. Peculiarly, it's a short conversation between Ethel and Mrs Cochrane, both widows, that comes across as the only true emotional scene.



    Having seen the entire series I wonder what the writers set out to do originally. A story about a middle-class woman making her way in society? An impossible love? Life in a fancy hotel? It's this uncertainty that may have limited its eventual run.moreless
Anthony Roye

Anthony Roye

Hugo Walden

Guest Star

Martin Matthews

Martin Matthews

Reporter

Guest Star

Anna Calder-Marshall

Anna Calder-Marshall

Sophie Applegate

Guest Star

Lalla Ward

Lalla Ward

Lottie

Recurring Role

June Brown

June Brown

Mrs Leyton

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