The BEST Episodes of You Rang, M'Lord?

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 13, 2020

Network: BBC One

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.

Mrs. Lipton's Nasty Turn

#1 - Mrs. Lipton's Nasty Turn

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 24, 1991

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...

star 8.56
18 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Stranger in the Night

#2 - Stranger in the Night

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 16, 1990

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...

star 8.40
15 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Come to the Ball

#3 - Come to the Ball

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 3, 1993

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...

star 8.38
16 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Love and Money

#4 - Love and Money

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 28, 1990

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...

star 8.29
21 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Gretna Green or Bust

#5 - Gretna Green or Bust

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 8, 1991

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...

star 8.28
18 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Royal Flush

#6 - Royal Flush

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 23, 1990

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...

star 8.26
19 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Money Talks

#7 - Money Talks

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 25, 1990

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...

star 8.25
16 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Current Affairs

#8 - Current Affairs

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 17, 1991

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?...

star 8.25
16 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
The Truth Revealed

#9 - The Truth Revealed

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 10, 1993

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...

star 8.23
13 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
The Wounds of War

#10 - The Wounds of War

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 9, 1990

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...

star 8.21
19 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
The Night of Reckoning

#11 - The Night of Reckoning

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 15, 1991

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...

star 8.18
17 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
A Deed of Gift

#12 - A Deed of Gift

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 21, 1990

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...

star 8.14
22 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
The Meldrum Vases

#13 - The Meldrum Vases

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 2, 1990

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...

star 8.11
18 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Please Help the Orphans

#14 - Please Help the Orphans

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 10, 1991

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...

star 8.11
18 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
The Phantom Sign Writer

#15 - The Phantom Sign Writer

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 14, 1990

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...

star 8.11
28 votes
A Day in the Country

#16 - A Day in the Country

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 22, 1991

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...

star 8.11
19 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Beg, Borrow or Steal

#17 - Beg, Borrow or Steal

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 11, 1990

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...

star 8.10
20 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Trouble at Mill

#18 - Trouble at Mill

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 18, 1990

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...

star 8.10
21 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Labour or Love

#19 - Labour or Love

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 11, 1990

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...

star 8.00
21 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Requiem for a Parrot

#20 - Requiem for a Parrot

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 27, 1993

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...

star 8.00
18 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Well, There You Are Then...!

#21 - Well, There You Are Then...!

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 24, 1993

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...

star 8.00
16 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Fair Shares

#22 - Fair Shares

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 4, 1990

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...

star 7.95
22 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Yes Sir, That's My Baby

#23 - Yes Sir, That's My Baby

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 20, 1993

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...

star 7.93
15 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Fall of the House Of Meldrum

#24 - Fall of the House Of Meldrum

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 17, 1993

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!...

star 7.92
13 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
Meet the Workers

#25 - Meet the Workers

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 1, 1991

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...

star 7.88
17 votes
Writers: David Croft, Jimmy Perry