Upstairs, Downstairs

Season 5 Episode 14

Noblesse Oblige

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Aired Unknown Dec 07, 1975 on ITV
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Noblesse Oblige
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Summer 1929. Georgina falls in love with Robert Stockbridge. His family has some doubts about the relationship. When Ruby decides to try her luck elsewhere, she discovers the harsh life in the outside world while the servants at Eaton Place struggle with Ruby's replacement.

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    Lesley-Anne Down

    Lesley-Anne Down

    Georgina Worsley

    David Langton

    David Langton

    Richard Bellamy

    Angela Baddeley

    Angela Baddeley

    Mrs. Kate Bridges, cook

    Christopher Beeny

    Christopher Beeny

    Edward Barnes, footman

    Joan Benham

    Joan Benham

    Lady Prudence Fairfax

    Jenny Tomasin

    Jenny Tomasin

    Ruby Finch, scullery maid

    Anthony Andrews

    Anthony Andrews

    Marquis of Stockbridge

    Guest Star

    Elaine Donnelly

    Elaine Donnelly

    Mabel

    Guest Star

    Joan Sanderson

    Joan Sanderson

    Mrs Waddilove

    Guest Star

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Music in this episode: "What is This Thing Called Love" (Cole Porter, 1929) and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love Baby" (McHugh-Fields, 1928).

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Georgina: I shall always bless Henry VI for founding Eaton.
        Robert: Dear old Henry. If only he could see the result of his labours. All those scruffy little boys in toppers.

      • Mrs Bridges: (about Ruby) She's a very foolish girl, m'lord, she won't listen to reason.
        Richard: Well, she wants a reference sent to some agency.
        Mrs Bridges: Ooh, what a cunning girl!

      • Robert: Has she spoken to you?
        Richard: No, I've just got back from a post-mortem of the damned election at Clivesden and I've got to meet the Belgian delegation in about thirty minutes. They're cutting up rough about reparations. And on top of all that, we've got kitchen maid trouble!

      • Mrs Bridges: If I've said it once, I've said a hundred times. These agencies are going to ruin domestic service.

      • Robert: When you get to know Georgina, you'll change your mind, I'm sure.
        Duchess: Well, we don't know her yet, of course, but we know of her.
        Robert: What exactly do you mean by that, Mother?
        Duchess: She's a quite well-known young lady. She seems to get her face in the newspaper quite a lot.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Gordon Jackson, Simon Williams, Hannah Gordon and Jean Marsh don't appear in this episode. Apparently, Hudson went off on holiday and James Bellamy's still in America. Virginia's absence is not explained, but wherever she is, she's presumable accompanied by her maid Rose.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • The episode starts with the General Election of 1929, won by Ramsay McDonald. Ramsay McDonald (1866-1937) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom twice, for a short period in 1924 and from 1929 until 1931.

      • Ruby is accused by Mrs Waddilove of wasting her time reading Peg's Paper. Peg's Paper was a magazine published from 1919 until 1940 with romance stories, popular with young women.

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