Upstairs Downstairs (2010–2012)
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The Ladybird 

Persie becomes romantically involved with Spargo, who in turn involves her with the Facist movement much to the distress of the family's new Jewish maid.

Director:

Euros Lyn

Writers:

Heidi Thomas, Heidi Thomas (creator) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Keeley Hawes ... Lady Agnes Holland
Ed Stoppard ... Sir Hallam Holland
Jean Marsh ... Mrs. Rose Buck
Eileen Atkins ... Maud, Lady Holland
Anne Reid ... Mrs. Thackeray
Art Malik ... Mr. Amanjit
Adrian Scarborough ... Mr. Pritchard
Claire Foy ... Lady Persie
Neil Jackson ... Harry Spargo
Ellie Kendrick ... Ivy Morris
Helen Bradbury Helen Bradbury ... Rachel Perlmutter
Anthony Calf ... Anthony Eden
Sarah Crowden ... Instructress
Ian Barritt Ian Barritt ... Dr. Gascoine
Alexia James Alexia James ... Lotte Perlmutter
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Storyline

Lady Agnes learns that she is pregnant and is over-joyed following one unsuccessful attempt.A new maid arrives,Rachel,a Jewess fleeing persecution in Germany. Hallam must meet another refugee, the Abyssinian emperor dethroned by Mussolini and he becomes aware of the fragility of world peace. Rachel gets on particularly well with Mr. Amanjit,as fellow 'foreigners' and brings him into the staff's social circle. She also tells him that she has a child,Lotte,looked after by a minder. Lady Persie and Spargo become lovers,united in their admiration for the Fascist politics of Oswald Moseley and attend a rally in Whitechapel where Rachel and Mr. Amanjit are among the many protesters. Persie is arrested but Rachel dies and Hallam,a committed anti-Fascist,vows to care for Lotte. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

27 December 2010 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

BBC Wales, Masterpiece See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16: 9 Enhanced
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Claire Foy (Lady Persephone Towyn) & Eileen Atkins (Maud, Lady Holland) also worked together on The Crown (2016) as Queen Elizabeth II & Queen Mary respectively. See more »

Goofs

As Lady Agnes is knitting with her husband at home, Ivor Novello's song "We'll Gather Lilacs" is playing in the background on the wireless. This song only appeared in 1945 in Novello's musical "Perchance to Dream". However the events of the episode took place nine years earlier, as dated by the death of King George V (20 January 1936) and Oswald Moseley's Whitechapel march (4 October 1936). See more »

Quotes

Lady Agnes Holland: [to Hallem] It is such a cruel thing... to lose a baby. Nothing is ever untainted... even hope.
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Connections

References Manor House (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from Upstairs Downstairs
(uncredited)
Written by Alexander Faris
Performed by Daniel Pemberton
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