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Edward (Christopher Beeny)deals with shell shock after the death of his best friend.

Another Year is the ninth episode of the fourth series of the UK period drama, Upstairs, Downstairs. It was written by Alfred Shaughnessy and directed by Cyril Coke.

Plot

On 27 December 1916, Daisy Peel Barnes gets a letter from Edward telling her that he is coming home for a fortnight's leave and he will arrive at Eaton Place on New Year's Eve. When he arrives, he is subdued, which is a departure from his normally cheerful, ebullient and cheeky demeanor, and shortly after midnight on 31 December, he leaves the party downstairs and Richard comes across him crying on the stairs.

Richard then takes him into the Morning Room and gives him a whisky. Edward then tells him how Charlie Wallace, his best friend and best man, was killed by a shell going off. This talk cheers him up, but shortly after going downstairs, he breaks down again, with Mrs. Bridges comforting him. Shortly after, Richard asks Sir Geoffrey to lean on General Frank Nesfield to get Edward discharged on grounds of severe shell shock. Edward is soon sent to Barnes Hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, a Mrs Charles Hamilton, a widow from Inverness, comes to see Richard. She is the Chairman of a committee of Royal Navy widows who want to raise money to educate the children of Navy and Marine officers killed in action. She asks Richard, as Civil Lord of the Admiralty, for Admiralty backing and money, but Richard merely gives her the name and address of a person to write to. However, the following day Richard is given a dressing down by the First Lord of the Admiralty Sir Edward Carson after Carson had accidentally met Mrs. Hamilton at dinner the night before. She had told him about Richard's unhelpful attitude and he is ordered to help. In addition, Mrs. Hamilton's father-in-law is the second cousin of Admiral Beatty. Virginia then comes round to apologize for getting Richard into trouble.

Richard is named a Viscount in the 1917 New Year's Honors. After taking Sir Geoffrey's advice, he takes the title Viscount Bellamy of Haversham (Haversham being a town two miles from his birthplace in Norfolk).

At 3am on the morning of 20 January 1917, Ruby arrives at Eaton Place. She had been caught up in the Silvertown explosion the previous evening and the whole household listens to her story. Her lodgings have been destroyed along with all her possessions, and she decides to become the kitchen maid again. Richard and Hazel are called down to the Servants Hall to hear about what happened, and they agree that Ruby should be back with her old friends and mates.

When Richard and Hazel go up to the Morning Room after this, Hazel says how there are two families living in 165 Eaton Place. There is the Bellamy family, and then the family downstairs. Hudson and Bridges are the mother and father, Edward and Daisy their son and daughter-in-law, Rose is the elder daughter and Ruby the younger daughter. She then says "Perhaps one day, we'll all be one big family, not two". Richard replies "I think we are now in one sense".

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