Upstairs, Downstairs

Season 5 Episode 8

Such a Lovely Man

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Aired Unknown Oct 26, 1975 on ITV
7.9
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Summer 1925. Sir Guy Paynter, an influential industrialist showers attention on Virginia, and there's another member of the household being courted.

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  • Politics, gossip and Rudy's schemes.

    8.7
    A remarkable episode for several reasons. Any episode that gives Ruby something extra to do, is worth sitting down for. Her attempt to meet an interesting young man is both comical and tragic. She surprises her fellow servants by her initiative and her ruthlessness.



    At the heart of the episode there is the tension between Virginia and Sir Guy. How far will a woman go to help her husband's career? Is she falling for the strangely charming man? The writing really stands out. At times Sir Guy seems the reincarnation of Oscar Wilde, throwing bon mots around. The success of the episode may well lie with the two extraordinary guest characters. I have already mentioned Sir Guy, but Herbert Turner steps right out of a Wodehouse farce. And the actors make them believable.moreless
  • A cleverly worked storyline that leaves the "punch lines" from both Upstairs & Downstairs 'til the end.

    8.5
    This episode shows a lovely comparison between "old" and "new" money in the sets and dressings they use. The redecorated (but still recognizable) Eaton Place is shown besides the backdrop of the new monied Art Deco that is Sir Guy Paynters' home.

    This episode also, in passing, alludes to heavy motor car traffic in London suggesting that the problem is certainly not a new one, as this was set in 1924.

    A lovely little story which cements the relationship between Lord and Lady Bellamy, and adds (at last) a whole new dimension to Ruby (the kitchen maid). She doesn't often rebel, but when she does it usually heralds a good storyline. The last time it happened was S4 Ep4 when she went to work in a munitions factory during WWI, this ultimately led to an amazing story that echoed the Silvertown explosion (Jan 19 1917), which was a blast at a munitions factory in London that killed 73 and injured 400+. The resulting fire caused upwards of £2Million worth of damage.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

Robert Hardy

Robert Hardy

Sir Guy Paynter

Guest Star

John Normington

John Normington

Herbert Turner

Guest Star

Leonard Kavanagh

Leonard Kavanagh

Parsons

Guest Star

Joan Benham

Joan Benham

Lady Prudence Fairfax

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Richard: We were told we'd all made a mess of things. Then, after the war, we must leave it to all the younger men. But the younger men are either cynical or dead.

    • Mrs Bridges: Ruby! Bringing all them letters into the house from strangers. You put them on the fire this instant. You don't know where they've been.

    • (Ruby put an advertisement in the paper. She was allowed to use twenty words.)
      Rose: What did you say?
      Ruby: Genteel young lady wishes to correspond with eligible young man.
      Frederick: That wasn't twenty words.
      Ruby: Well, I couldn't think of anything more to say.

    • Sir Guy Paynter: My dear Polly, I should love to come to your charity concert. I'm sure it's immensely worthy. All charities are. If I could find an unworthy charity, I should give immediately. So much more stimulating.

    • Hudson: They also serve who only stand and wait.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Sir Guy Paynter: Why are you giving this luncheon party today, instead of sitting comfortably with your feet up, eating an omelette, reading the latest Michael Arlen novel?
      Virginia: I'm glad you didn't say Ethel M. Dell.

      Michael Arlen (1895-1956) became famous for his satirical romance novels. The novels of Ethel May Dell (1881-1939) were just as romantic, though deemed racy by some sensitive readers.

    • Ruby and Herbert go the see The Eagle, a 1925 film starring Ruby's favourite actor Rudolph Valentino.

    • Sir Guy gives Virginia a first edition of "Men and Women", a collection of poems by Robert Browning (1812-1889), published in 1855.

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