Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
1 user

Facing Fearful Odds 

Virginia Hamilton returns to Eaton Place, seeking Richard's advice on an urgent matter.


Raymond Menmuir




Episode complete credited cast:
Gordon Jackson ... Hudson
Angela Baddeley ... Mrs. Bridges
David Langton ... Richard Bellamy
Meg Wynn Owen ... Hazel Bellamy
Hannah Gordon ... Virginia Hamilton
Raymond Huntley ... Sir Geoffrey Dillon
Simon Williams ... James Bellamy
Christopher Beeny ... Edward
Jacqueline Tong ... Daisy Peel
Jenny Tomasin ... Ruby
Richard Reeves Richard Reeves ... Michael Hamilton
Hilary Minster Hilary Minster ... Lieut. Lightfoot RN
Laurence Harrington Laurence Harrington ... Chief Petty Officer Webb
Anthony Nash Anthony Nash ... President of the Court
Peter Whitaker Peter Whitaker ... Judge Advocate


Richard receives another visit from Mrs. Virginia Hamilton, the war widow he had met some months before. She again seeks his assistance but this time on a far more personal matter. Her 17 year-old son, an acting Sub-Lieutenant in the Navy, has been arrested and will face a court-martial charged with cowardice in the face of the enemy. He suggests that Virginia hire the family solicitor, Sir Geoffrey Dillon, to represent him and she quickly agrees. In the end, Richard can only but admire Virginia's strength of character and demeanor. Downstairs meanwhile, Ruby is taken to task for stealing food though she claims she has been using it to feed the animals at the zoo. With Edward away visiting his family, Hudson has also had to put up with Daisy's frequent and lengthy absences. The truth comes tumbling out when Hudson receives a visit from a military policeman to advise that Edward is absent without leave. It seems that Edward's regiment is to return to France and it's up to Hudson to try... Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis







Release Date:

21 March 1976 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


This episode takes place in February 1918. See more »


Virginia Hamilton: "For how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?" That was Michael's...
[about to start crying, hastily leaves the room]
Richard Bellamy: Is there anywhere in the world a woman braver than that?
See more »


The Edwardians: Theme from Upstairs Downstairs
Composed by Alexander Faris (1971)
instrumental version heard under main titles
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed