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YOU RANG M'LORD?
EPISODE GUIDE


Special thanks to Peter Hancock, who has allowed me to use his episode guide.

1) PILOT (29/12/88, rpt. 7/1/90)

London 1927: Alf Stokes and his daughter Ivy are given the sack from their jobs on the music halls. Alf decides that he has no option but to go into service as a butler. When he arrives at the residence of Lord Meldrum some familiar faces await him...

SERIES 1

2) THE PHANTOM SIGN WRITER (14/1/90)

Alf and Ivy are settled into their new jobs but things soon hot up when Sir Ralph suspects that his wife, Lady Agatha, is having an affair. Lord Meldrum's car is vandalised - someone has daubed the word "fornicator" on the side which causes a panic when the Bishop wants to use the vehicle...

3) A DEED OF GIFT (21/1/90)

Lady Lavender sends for her solicitor whom she instructs to give Ivy her shares from the Union Jack Rubber Company. James is tortured by thoughts of Miss Poppy after she asks to feel his muscles. Then Lavender sends for her solicitor again...

4) LOVE AND MONEY (28/1/90)

Lord Meldrum thinks that Lavender has gone too far and wants her declared mentally unstable, whilst Teddy is determined to pay Ivy a visit in her room no matter how dangerous the route. A party, thrown for Miss Cissy's birthday, brings a few surprises...

5) FAIR SHARES (4/2/90)

Lavender has now promised her shares to Stokes and he sees this as a chance to set himself up for life. Meanwhile, Ivy is in trouble for telling Sir Ralph about his wife's indiscretions with Lord Meldrum...

6) BEG, BORROW OR STEAL (11/2/90)

Alf is being blackmailed by the local pawn broker into letting him burgle the house. Lord Meldrum allows Cissy & Poppy to hold aan evening of progressive poetry in the Dining room. At last the relationship between Alf and Ivy is revealed to the downstairs staff...

SERIES 2

7) LABOUR OR LOVE (11/11/90)

Lord Meldrum gives Teddy an ultimatum - marry Madge Cartwright or be sent to work in his factory. Teddy thinks it's a bluff but finds that his brother means every word. Alf discovers that Lady Lavender has got some money stashed under her bed and schemes to relieve her of the burden...

8) TROUBLE AT MILL (18/11/90)

The Prime Minister is coming to dinner but Alf's thoughts are consumed by Lady Lavender. At the factory, Teddy's flirtations witht he factory girls causes a mass walk out...

9) MONEY TALKS (25/11/90)

Lavender throws her money out of the window and into the street, naturally some of the money goes astray when Alf gets his hands on it...

10) THE MELDRUM VASES (2/12/90)

Alf has hidden some of the money in one of his Lordship's antique vases, unfortunately Lord Meldurm has donated three identical vases to the Bishop's auction for Distressed Gentlewomen. James and Ivy are in a race to stop Alf retrieving the money...

11) THE WOUNDS OF WAR (9/12/90)

To protect his master, Alf tells Sir Ralph that Lord Meldrum was wounded in the Artillery. Ivy is over the moon when James agrees to take her to the pictures. Mrs Lipton is convinced that Alf's divorce is being held up by his wife...

12) STRANGER IN THE NIGHT (16/12/90)

James is embarrassed when his father arrives at the house on the run from the police. The servants decide to hide him until they can arrange for him to flee the country...

13) ROYAL FLUSH (23/12/90)

Excitement runs through the household when it is announced that the King and Queen of Dalmatia are coming to dinner, although Mrs Lipton is upset to find that she will not be doing the catering. In addition, Noel Coward is expected to join them after the opening night of his new play...

SERIES 3

14) PLEASE HELP THE ORPHANS (10/11/91)

Alf is being pestered by Mrs Lipton to finalise his divorce so her gets an old friend to agree to pose as Mrs Stokes. Meanwhile, he has a brainwave to make some money by fooling Mrs Lipton into baking some cakes, which she thinks are destined for the local orphanage...

15) CURRENT AFFAIRS (17/11/91)

Alf continues to supply the Sunshine Pantry with Mrs Lipton's cakes. Myrtle pays a visit to the house posing as Mrs Stokes but can she persuade Mrs Lipton?

16) MRS LIPTON'S NASTY TURN (24/11/91)

Having discovered Alf's deception and broken his Lordship's crockery in a fit of anger, Mrs Lipton is left wondering if she still has a job. On a visit to the Sunshine Pantry, Ivy discovers the truth about Miss Potter's cherry cake...

17) MEET THE WORKERS (1/12/91)

Miss Poppy announces her engagement to Dickie Metcalfe but Alf smells a rat! Lord Meldrum is convinced that he must learn more about the lower classes before he can join the board of govenors at the BBC and so he invites his factory workers to dinner and serves them fish and chips...

18) GRETNA GREEN OR BUST (8/12/91)

Miss Poppy and Dickie Metcalfe decide to marry and elope to Gretna Green, the rest of the household set off in hot pursuit in an attempt to stop them...

19) THE NIGHT OF RECKONING (15/12/91)

Twelvetrees gets an offer to be butler for Sir Ralph and Lady Agatha. Mabel is on the verge of being evicted from her home. Meanwhile, Alf comes up with a drastic solution to Teddy's problem...

20) A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (22/12/91)

Lord Meldrum decides he is going to treat the servants to a picnic in the country, nobody is surprised however that upon their arrival at Peabody Hall, Sir Ralph and Lady Agatha are there too...

SERIES 4

21) YES SIR, THAT'S MY BABY (20/3/93)

Miss Cissy leads the house into helping out at the local soup kitchen for the poor, meanwhile Teddy is still trying to escape the romantic clutches of Madge Cartwright. This time, Alf thinks he has the perfect solution. He traces all of Teddy's illegitimate children and brings them to the house to face Madge...

22) REQUIEM FOR A PARROT (27/3/93)

Lord Meldrum is intent on sending Teddy to his rubber plantation in Malaya, however the death of Lady Lavender's parrot leads to some bizarre funeral arrangements...

23) COME TO THE BALL (3/4/93)

Lord Meldrum decides to inspect the servants quarters and Mabel has found a purse containing five pounds. Then the staff are invited to the luxurious ball where the employers have to wait upon their servants...

24) THE TRUTH REVEALED (10/4/93)

Sir Ralph sacks Selfridge, his butler, who in turn tells him of his wife's long standing affair with George Meldrum. Sir Ralph sets out for revenge and the staff have to ensure that a mysterious "accident" doesn't befall their master...

25) THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF MELDRUM (17/4/93)

Medlrum is convinced that Sir Ralph has put a curse on him, in addition the rubber plantation in Malaya has been ravaged by the Bangokhan beetle. The family face financial ruin!

26) WELL, THERE YOU ARE THEN..! (24/4/93)

Things look bleak for the Meldrum's with most of their money lost on the stock market crash and the effects of the Bangokhan beetle. Cissy and Lavender try to save the situation but the servants have little choice but to look elsewhere for their futures...