The Hero's Farewell
|"The Hero's Farewell"|
|'Upstairs, Downstairs' episode|
|Episode no.||Season 4
|Directed by||Bill Bain|
|Written by||Rosemary Anne Sisson|
|Original air date||16 November 1974|
The Hero's Farewell was recorded in the studio on 8 and 9 August 1974. Rosemary Anne Sisson used the diaries of Lady Cynthia Asquith as inspiration for this episode, as she had for her earlier episode Tug of War. It is set shortly before October 1917.
- Gordon Jackson - Hudson
- Joan Benham - Lady Prudence Fairfax
- Angela Baddeley - Mrs Bridges
- Jean Marsh - Rose
- David Langton - Richard Bellamy
- Lesley-Anne Down - Georgina Worsley
- Christopher Beeny - Edward
- Jacqueline Tong - Daisy
- Jenny Tomasin - Ruby
- Christopher Good - Major Philip Hanning
- Robin Bailey - Gerald Maitland
- Phyllida Law - Lady Constance Weir
- Fanny Rowe - Duchess of Mitcham
- Alfred Maron - Carpenter
Lady Prudence brings Mr. Gerald Maitland, a famous actor, to 165, Eaton Place and persuades Richard to hold a series of historical tableau, entitled The Hero's Farewell, in aid of the Red Cross. Lady Prudence knows that Hazel would never agree, she has used the opportunity of Hazel being in Eastbourne. Lady Prudence and Gerald Maitland then organise the tableau, with tableaux of "Anthony and Cleopatra", "Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton" and "Columbus and Queen Isabella". Georgina is home on leave and she is chosen to portray Florence Nightingale, while Ruby is to portray a Belgian peasant girl with Lady Prudence as a German officer. Lady Prudence asks Hudson to wear a kilt to show in the guests, but he refuses to.
Meanwhile downstairs, Mrs Bridges and Ruby go to a "War Cooking" lecture after pressure from Mr Hudson. Mrs Bridges starts to make meals from leftovers, including "Win the War Pie", much to everyone's distaste.
At the dress rehearsal for the historical tableux, an air raid strikes and Ruby becomes hysterical. The whole household goes down to the basement, while Hudson goes out in his role as a special constable. When he comes back, he faints having been hit by a piece of shrapnel and goes to hospital. The day after the raid, a telegraph arrives; James is "missing believed killed".
- Marson, Richard (2005). "Inside UpDown - The Story of Upstairs, Downstairs". Kaleidoscope Publishing.