9.1
56 votes
You Rang, M'Lord?

You Rang, M'Lord?

BBC One 1990

Alf Stokes (Paul Shane) and James Twelvetrees (Jeffrey Holland) first meet as soldiers in the trenches in France during the First World War. They find the body of an officer and, assuming that he's dead, Alf robs him of his valuables. Then they find that the officer, the Honourable Teddy Meldrum (Michael Knowles), is still alive so they carry him off to a field hospital. Ten years later, James is working in the household of Teddy's brother, Lord Meldrum (Donald Hewlett). Alf suddenly turns up and is taken on as the new butler, against James' wishes. Alf's daughter, Ivy (Su Pollard) also starts working in the household as a parlour maid. Her relationship to Alf is kept secret.Many of the original cast followed on to this Upstairs Downstairs take-off which was set in a stately home in 1927, and the social differences between the servants and their rich employers. Paul Shane and Su Pollard starred again, and were joined by Donald Hewlett as the rich Lord Meldrum.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of You Rang, M'Lord?

You Rang, M'Lord? - S3E4

#1 - Meet the Workers

7.89

Season 3 - Episode 4

Miss Poppy annonces 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 governors at the BBC and so he invites his factory workers to dinner and serves them fish and chips...

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 18 votes.

You Rang, M'Lord? - S4E5

#2 - Fall of the House Of Meldrum

7.93

Season 4 - Episode 5

Meldrum 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!...

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 14 votes.

You Rang, M'Lord? - S4E1

#3 - Yes Sir, That's My Baby

7.94

Season 4 - Episode 1

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...

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 16 votes.

You Rang, M'Lord? - S2E1

#4 - Labour or Love

8.00

Season 2 - Episode 1

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...

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 23 votes.

You Rang, M'Lord? - S4E2

#5 - Requiem for a Parrot

8.00

Season 4 - Episode 2

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...

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 19 votes.

You Rang, M'Lord? - S1E4

#6 - Fair Shares

8.04

Season 1 - Episode 4

Lady 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...

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 24 votes.

You Rang, M'Lord? - S1E2

#7 - A Deed of Gift

8.08

Season 1 - Episode 2

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...

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 24 votes.

You Rang, M'Lord? - S2E2

#8 - Trouble at Mill

8.09

Season 2 - Episode 2

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

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 23 votes.

You Rang, M'Lord? - S1E5

#9 - Beg, Borrow or Steal

8.09

Season 1 - Episode 5

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

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 22 votes.

You Rang, M'Lord? - S2E4

#10 - The Meldrum Vases

8.10

Season 2 - Episode 4

Alf has hidden some of the money in one of his Lordship's antique vases - unfortunately Lord Meldrum 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...

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 20 votes.

#11 - A Day in the Country
8.10
Season 3 - Episode 7

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...

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 20 votes.

#12 - Well, There You Are Then...!
8.12
Season 4 - Episode 6

Things look bleak for the Meldrums 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...

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 17 votes.

#13 - The Phantom Sign Writer
8.13
Season 1 - Episode 1

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...

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 31 votes.

#14 - Please Help the Orphans
8.16
Season 3 - Episode 1

Alf is being pestered by Mrs. Lipton to finalise his divorce so he 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...

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 19 votes.

#15 - Money Talks
8.22
Season 2 - Episode 3

Lady 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...

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 18 votes.

#16 - The Night of Reckoning
8.22
Season 3 - Episode 6

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...

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 18 votes.

#17 - Current Affairs
8.24
Season 3 - Episode 2

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?...

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 17 votes.

#18 - The Wounds of War
8.24
Season 2 - Episode 5

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...

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 21 votes.

#19 - Gretna Green or Bust
8.26
Season 3 - Episode 5

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

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 19 votes.

#20 - The Truth Revealed
8.29
Season 4 - Episode 4

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...

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of You Rang, M'Lord? from 14 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

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