Upstairs, Downstairs

Season 5 Episode 2

A Place in the World

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Aired Unknown Sep 14, 1975 on ITV
8.7
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With thousands of former soldiers struggling to survive in civilian life, James Bellamy decides to enter politics on their behalf. One of these victims turns out to be Edward Barnes.

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  • One of the better episodes of the fifth season.

    8.7
    Two major characters in Upstairs Downstairs were quite nasty in a tragic way. Captain James Bellamy could be selfish, Hudson tended to be rather smug and shortsighted, both were snobs. In this episode, however, they show their good side.



    The tale of Captain Bellamy's political ambitions ties up nicely to the fourth season, the story arc of The Great War. Even two years after the armistice the war can still wound people, this time by dashing hopes of a better world. It's remarkable to hear people protesting that politicians should stop talking about the war. For James Bellamy and other soldiers, for whom that conflict is a central element in their lives, that comes as a great shock.



    Hudson's moment of great humanity is wonderfully prepared in the opening scene, when he reads the letter about all the problems former soldiers experience. Despite Edward's harsh words, which may have touched a raw nerve in him, he feels it his duty to help Edward and Daisy. The fact that he doesn't openly take the credit for it, makes his gesture even more noble.moreless
Jean Marsh

Jean Marsh

Rose Buck, housemaid

Hannah Gordon

Hannah Gordon

Virginia Hamilton/ Bellamy

Lesley-Anne Down

Lesley-Anne Down

Georgina Worsley

Gareth Hunt

Gareth Hunt

Trooper Frederick Norton

Gordon Jackson

Gordon Jackson

Mr. Angus Hudson, Butler

Simon Williams

Simon Williams

Captain/Major James Bellamy

Jay Neill

Jay Neill

Heckler

Guest Star

Brian Nolan

Brian Nolan

Fourth Heckler

Guest Star

Una Brandon-Jones

Una Brandon-Jones

Mother

Guest Star

Raymond Huntley

Raymond Huntley

Sir Geoffrey Dillon

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • (James is offered a chance to get stand for public office.)
      James: What do you think, Father?
      Richard: I'm strongly against the idea. I made it quite clear to Geoffrey and Virginia. Politics is a serious business, not meant to be taken idly.
      James: Am I giving that impression?
      Richard: You are rather when you talk of "filling your idle life".

    • Edward: Darning the major's socks, are you, Frederick? Never did that in my days. Always left that to the girls.
      Frederick: Yeah, well there was rather a shortage of girls where we were. At the front.

    • (Edward tells everybody what he thinks of Hudson.)
      Edward: He's just a self-satisfied, smug, old man who did nothing in the war except serve bloody sherry.

    • James: Madam, the spirit of cooperation and fellowship that was built up during the war between people of all classes must be maintained.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Jean Marsh and Lesley-Anne Down do not appear in this episode. The character of Rose is said to be visiting Southwold, Georgina's absence is not explained.

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