The House of Eliott

Season 1 Episode 7

Episode Seven

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Aired Unknown Oct 12, 1991 on BBC
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Things are hectic as the business expansion takes place and new staff are employed. Penny’s health begins to suffer as a result of overwork. When a criminal implicates Sir Desmond in some unscrupulous business practices, Penny rallies to his cause creating friction for all involved. Francine Baily, an actress, asks Jack to take some photographs for her portfolio and the sisters design a new wardrobe for her impending trip to Hollywood. However, when she absconds without paying, it appears to spell financial disaster for The House Of Eliott. Evie is attracted to both Sebastian and Hugo but her newly found independence disturbs Bea. Sebastian takes Evie flying and wants to take her to Paris. Meanwhile, Jack offers Beatrice some sound business advice and a shoulder to cry on. Madge makes an effective Head Seamstress but has problems with etiquette.moreless

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  • Additions, adventure and affection

    8.3


    This episode sees the introduction of some of the key characters who appear frequently over the next few episodes / series. Hugo Bunting, is a pompous chap. Evie certainly knows how to pick them. One might even think that Evie is turning into a bit of a hussy. Obviously, Evie is attracted to Sebastian’s adventurous nature, but what does Hugo have to offer? Deep discussions about wall paper design and the decline of William Morris? He must have her riveted. What frustrates me is that now Arthur is out the way, Sebastian’s character alters, there is no sign of the devious, avaricious man from previous episodes. He doesn’t even mention the massive pay out they received from Arthur before he left for the states. Has he really changed? Perhaps he was eventually portrayed this way to enable Evie and him to get closer. Honest talking Madge immediately forms a bond with Tilly. It’s about time the ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ writers focus on the ‘Down Stairs.’ They are in this episode but their characters are not fully developed. Penny inadvertently injects humour into the proceedings with her own inimitable style. Shame she didn’t go for Hugo’s gullet a bit more. Jack and Bea seem to become closer, especially in the final scene, while the relationship between the sisters becomes more embittered. Bea protests too much when Evie suggests her previous attachment to Philip White is the cause of her unhappiness. The big question is, can Desmond to be trusted? Enough doubt is created through Pen’s investigations. He already looks ill from the moment he enters. A good episode, but not the best.

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Cathy Murphy

Cathy Murphy

Tilly Watkins

Stella Gonet

Stella Gonet

Beatrice 'Bea' Eliott

Louise Lombard

Louise Lombard

Evangeline 'Evie' Eliott

Aden Gillett

Aden Gillett

Jack Maddox

Judy Flynn

Judy Flynn

Madge Howell

Michael Grandage

Michael Grandage

Hugo Bunting

Guest Star

Stephen Reynolds

Stephen Reynolds

Mr. Fox

Guest Star

Sara Stewart

Sara Stewart

Francine Baily

Guest Star

Barbara Jefford

Barbara Jefford

Lady Lydia Eliott

Recurring Role

David de Keyser

David de Keyser

Sir Desmond Gillispie

Recurring Role

Jeremy Brudenell

Jeremy Brudenell

Sebastian Eliott

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