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Rose's Pigeon

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Episode no.  Season 3 Episode 5
Written by  Alfred Shaughnessy
Directed by  Derek Bennett
Original air date  1971

Rose's Pigeon was the fifth episode of the third series of the British television series, Upstairs, Downstairs. The episode is set in 1904.



Guest cast
  • George Innes (Alfred Harris)
  • Leon Sinden (Det. Inspector Bowles)
  • Bernard Barnsley (Police Sergeant)
  • Plot

    Alfred Harris and German Baron Klaus von Rimmer are having sexual relations. They flee to Germany after they are caught by Rose in a sexual situation . Alfred Harris tips off the spy that he is to be arrested.

    Alfred Harris returns to the house Eaton Place in 1913 seeking refuge after murdering his new employer and (it is implied) lover. Rose, the head houseparlourmaid, is shocked when Alfred, the Bellamys' former footman, turns up at Eaton Place one night. He claims he's been sacked by his former employer and is homeless. She agrees to hide him in one of the basement rooms, but is horrified when it later transpires Alfred is actually on the run from the police having murdered his previous employer. Hudson tells Mr Bellamy who notifies the police. A dramatic standoff results, with Alfred holding Edward hostage at knifepoint and taking Edward hostage in the coal cellar. Alfred is arrested and subsequently hanged for murder although Rose protests against the sentence arguing it was not right to do so to a person 'who's not right in the head.'


    Rose's Pigeon was recorded by the best tube cameras: EMI 2001S.


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