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5.0 out of 5 stars the saga continues, June 7 2003
This review is from: Upstairs, Downstairs - The Complete Second Season (DVD)
The second season of UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS continues the saga of the Bellamy family of Eaton Place; their loves, losses and everyday life.
At the end of the first season, young Elizabeth Bellamy (played by Nicola Pagett) was publicly humiliated at the hands of political activist Evelin Larkin (Georgia Brown), before marrying the handsome Lawrence Kirbridge (Ian Ogilvy) in a lavish ceremony...
Season 2 includes the following episodes -
"The New Man" - Elizabeth and Lawrence return from their honeymoon in Europe, and set up housekeeping in Greenwich. Rose (Jean Marsh) is on hand to make sure Elizabeth is well looked-after, but all is not well in their marriage.
"A Pair of Exiles" - The erstwhile Sarah (Pauline Collins) confesses to her lover James Bellamy (Simon Williams) that she is carrying his baby. Sarah is then shipped off to Lady Marjorie's estate at Southwold for her confinement...
"Married Love" - Elizabeth is angry and hurt that her marriage to Lawrence is still unconsummated, so Lawrence orgainises a discreet tryst between her and his publisher, Sir Edwin Patridge (Charles Gray).
"Whom God Hath Joined.." - Elizabeth demands a divorce from Lawrence, but discovers that she is pregnant with Edwin's child.
"Guest of Honour" - King Edward VII (played by Lockwood West) dines with the Bellamy family in this special episode, and Sarah makes a dramatic return to Eaton Place.
"The Property of a Lady" - Thomas (John Alderton) and Sarah resort to drastic measures in order to help Lady Marjorie (Rachel Gurney) and the explosion of a secret from the past. This episode refers to events that took place in the season 1 episode "Magic Casements".
"Your Obedient Servant" - Hudson (Gordon Jackson) has to think quickly when his brother and sister-in-law come to visit from India. Richard Bellamy (David Langton) endures a visit from his pompous elder brother (John Nettleton).
"Out of the Everywhere" - Elizabeth gives birth to Edwin's child, and Nanny Webster (Daphne Heard) is sent up from Southwold to look after it.
"An Object of Value" - When Lady Southwold (played by Cathleen Nesbitt) comes to visit, the servants get into an uproar when her antique brooch goes missing.
"A Special Mischief" - Rose suffers a horrifying ordeal when she is mistakenly arrested as a suffragette. Elizabeth meets Julius Karekin (Donald Burton).
"The Fruits of Love" - A sudden financial crisis threatens the Bellamy's gilded world, and Julius Karekin offers a solution for the future of Elizabeth.
"The Wages of Sin" - Sarah is pregnant again, and this time Thomas is the father, though he cleverly avoids the blame and exploits the situation to his own advantage.
"A Family Gathering" - Elizabeth breaks off her relationship, James returns from India with a new fiancee, Phyllis Kingman (played by Delia Lindsay), and Lady Marjorie's birthday celebration is interrupted by Thomas and Sarah. King Edward dies and the Bellamys all join together to mourn his passing. (This is the final episode for Elizabeth, Thomas and Sarah).
Also starring Angela Baddeley, Patsy Smart, Christopher Beeny, Jenny Tomasin, Joan Benham and Dorothy Frere.
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