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Upstairs Downstairs: Season 4 (1974)

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The saga of the aristocratic Bellamy family and their loyal servants continues with thirteen episodes from the popular award winning British drama series' pivotal fourth season. With the First World War on the horizon, the house is struck by tragedy. Men from both upstairs and below head off to join the fight. Meanwhile staff members consider jobs elsewhere. Later an attractive French Countess arrives on the scene and sets her sights on Richard, the head of the house.

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A Patriotic Offering

Season four of Upstairs, Downstairs concentrated on life in the Bellamy household during WWI. The first episode of the new season, "A Patriotic Offering," was set in September of 1914. Having been among the first to enlist, James Bellamy (Simon Williams) is in the trenches of France, as his family and servants anxiously await news of his progress. Meanwhile, Lady Prudence Fairfax (Joan Benham) has persuaded James' wife Hazel (Meg Wynn Owen) to take in a Belgian refugee family at Eaton Place. While Hazel is more than willing to do her patriotic duty, there are some very serious issues concerning the refugees' hygienic habits -- or lack of. Written by Rosemary Anne Sisson, "A Patriotic Offering" first aired in England on September 14, 1974, and in America on January 4, 1976.

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News from the Front

While on leave from the western front, James Bellamy (Simon Williams) complains that his comrades are dropping like flies due to a severe shortage in weaponry and ammunition. When James' comments are leaked to the press, he is severely reprimanded by his superior officers for revealing "war secrets." Also home from the trenches is the Bellamy's footman Edward (Christopher Beeney), who intends to propose to Daisy (Jacqueline Tong) before being shipped off again. Written by John Hawkesworth, "News From the Front" was originally seen in England on September 21, 1974, then aired in the United States on January 11, 1976.

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The Beastly Hun

The year is 1915, and the sinking of the Lusitania has intensified the anti-German sentiments in England. Among those affected are the servants at Eaton Place, who discover that one of their favorite tradesmen was born in Germany. When the man's store is burned and his family is beaten up, Hazel (Meg Wynn Owen) discovers that the principal source of the hostility towards the victim was her own head butler Hudson (Gordon Jackson), whose reasons are not entirely borne of patriotism. Written by Jeremy Paul, "The Beastly Hun" was first telecast in England on September 28, 1974, and in America on January 18, 1976.

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Women Shall Not Weep

Daisy (Jacqueline Tong has finally said "yes" to Edward (Christopher Beeney), and they intend to tie the matrimonial knot when he comes home on his next leave. Meanwhile, Georgina (Lesley-Anne Down) does her bit for the war effort by training as a volunteer nurse, and kitchen slavey Ruby (Jenny Tomasin) goes to work at a munitions plant, thereby causing no little discomfort for her longtime tormenter Mrs. Bridges. With virtually all the Eaton Place women active on the home front, James' frustration over his temporary banishment from the trenches is intensified. Written by Alfred Shaughnessy, "Women Shall Not Weep" premiered in England on October 5, 1974; the episode was first telecast in America on January 25, 1976.

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Tug of War

January, 1916: Still mired in a Home Office job, James longs to rejoin his regiment along the western front. Feeling James' pain, his wife Hazel (Meg Wynn Owen) decides to pull a few strings on her husband's behalf. Meanwhile, Georgina (Lesley-Anne Down) nearly collapses from exhaustion during her rigid training as a volunteer nurse, while Rose (Jean Marsh) confidently holds down a "man's job" as a bus conductor. Written by Rosemary Ann Sisson, "Tug of War" first aired in England on October 12, 1974, and in the United States on February 1, 1976.

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Home Fires

Rose is unexpectedly reunited with Gregory Wilmot (Keith Barron), an Australian sheep farmer with whom she had a whirlwind prewar romance. Now in uniform, Gregory begs Rose to return with him to Australia once the war is over. Meanwhile, Eaton Place is the scene of a power struggle between Hazel (Meg Wynn Owen and Lady Prudence Fairfax (Joan Benham as they arrange a tea party for wounded veterans. Written by Jeremy Paul, "Home Fires" was originally telecast in England on October 19, 1974, some 16 months before its American TV bow on February 8, 1976.

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If You Were the Only Girl in the World

The quarrel between Hazel (Meg Wynn Owen) and Lady Prudence (Joan Benham) has been smoothed over, and the ladies proceed with their tea party for wounded officers. Though Hazel is still anxious over her husband James (Simon Williams), who is in France participating in the "Big Push," she cannot help but be attracted to a pleasant young pilot named Lt. Jack Dyson (Andrew Ray). Meanwhile, Daisy (Jacqueline Tong) and Rose (Jean Marsh) await news about their soldier sweethearts Edward (Christopher Beeney) and Gregory (Keith Barron). Written by John Hawkesworth, "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" was first telecast in England on October 26, 1974, then in America on February 15, 1976.

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The Glorious Dead

November, 1916: Rose is informed that her Australian sweetheart Gregory Wilmot has been killed in battle. As the rest of the Eaton Place staff try to assuage Rose's grief, Hazel (Meg Wynn Owen) agonizes over the still-undetermined fate of two men -- her husband James (Simon Williams) and the young pilot (Andrew Ray) with whom she had a brief fling. Then James returns home, hoping for a tender reunion, only to be confronted with evidence of Hazel's possible indiscretions. Written by Elizabeth Jane Howard, "The Glorious Dead" made its British TV debut on November 2, 1974, and its American TV premiere on February 22, 1976.

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Another Year

January, 1917: Returning from the trenches, the Bellamys' footman Edward (Christopher Beeney) is suffering from a severe case of shell shock. Upon learning of Edward's fragile mental condition, Richard Bellamy (David Langton) does everything he can to secure an honorable discharge for the boy, something he steadfastly refused to do for his own son James (Simon Williams). These and other events have a profound effect on two members of the Bellamy household -- James' wife Hazel (Meg Wynn Owen) and scullery maid-turned-munitions worker Ruby (Jenny Tomasin. Written by Alfred Shaughnessy, "Another Year" was seen in England on November 9, 1974, before its American TV debut on February 29, 1976.

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The Hero's Farewell

October, 1917: While the Bellamy household staff is participating in a charity show, staged in the Eaton Place drawing room by the indefatigable Lady Prudence Fairfax (Joan Benham), all of London is rocked by a German air raid. One of the bombs falls near the Bellamy home, causing a great deal of damage, but no casualties. Still, there is cause to worry amongst the "upstairs" and "downstairs" people: James Bellamy (Simon Williams) is reported as missing in action at Passchendaele. Written by Rosemary Anne Sisson, "The Hero's Farewell" first aired in England on November 16, 1974, then in the United States on March 7, 1976.

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Missing, Believed Killed

January, 1918: Three months have passed, and still no word from James Bellamy (Simon Williams), who has been reported as missing in action. Then one morning, James' batman Norton (Gareth Hunt) arrives at Eaton Place to inform the household of the circumstances surrounding James' disappearance, and to express grave doubts as to his master's fate. The agony ends when James is found, alive but seriously wounded. The trouble has only started, however, as James' wife Hazel (Meg Wynn Owen) and his half-cousin Georgina (Lesley-Anne Down) argue over whether or not to remove James from his field hospital for a perilous journey back home. Written by Jeremy Paul, "Missing Believed Killed" was originally broadcast in England on November 23, 1974, then shown in America on March 14, 1976.

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Facing Fearful Odds

Virginia Hamilton (Hannah Gordon), a young woman who previously had an unpleasant run-in with Richard Bellamy (David Langton), has since become a close friend of Richard's daughter-in-law Hazel (Meg Wynn Owen). Hoping to make up for his previous brusque behavior, Richard offers to help Mrs. Hamilton's Navy-lieutenant son Michael (Richard Reeves) when the lad faces a court-martial for cowardice. Meanwhile, Edward (Christopher Beeney), still not over his shell shock, cracks under fire and goes AWOL. Written by John Hawkesworth, "Facing Fearful Odds" was first shown in England on November 30, 1974, then in the United States on March 21, 1976.

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Peace out of Pain

It is September of 1918, and the war to end all wars is drawing to a close. Invalided out of the service, James Bellamy (Simon Williams) drives everyone at Eaton Place to distraction with his obstreperous behavior. Before long, however, several other members of the household have been laid low by the flu epidemic -- including James' wife Hazel (Meg Wynn Owen). Meanwhile, James' father Richard proposes to war widow Virginia Hamilton (Hannah Gordon), and Edward (Christopher Beeney) renews his relationship with Daisy (Jacqueline Tong). The final episode of Upstairs, Downstairs' fourth season, "Peace Out of Pain" was written by Alfred Shaughnessy. The episode originally aired in England on December 7, 1974, and was subsequently shown in America on March 28, 1976.

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