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 Louisa Trotter (31 episodes, 1976-1977)
Victoria Plucknett ...
 Mary (26 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Merriman (25 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Starr (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Major Smith-Barton / ... (18 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Mrs. Cochrane (17 episodes, 1976-1977)
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Louisa Trotter works her way up from being a skivvy to being the Queen of cooks, cook to the King, and owner of the Bentinck Hotel. Her life and happenings among the guests and staff of the Hotel make up the 31 episodes. Written by Kathy Li

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Hayley Mills was originally cast in the lead role but had to withdraw after learning she was pregnant. See more »

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Featured in Maid in Britain (2010) See more »

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RE: For Fans of British Masterpieces, A Must-See

This extraordinary series, so greatly loved by Britons, deserves a new generation to view and be mesmerized by the wonderful acting, writing, direction, and costumes. It is still compelling 25 years after it was made and still ranks as one of the most superb examples of what truly grand television can be. Most of the show feels as if you are sitting front-row in a theatre with the actors within inches of your seat but occasionally the production ventures outside when, perhaps, it starts waxing a tad towards "drawing room soap opera." Still, trust me, this series, and its stalwartly resilient characters, will become forever etched in your heart, as they have in mine.

When you are finished with this series, it is truly like losing a good friend. You are more than sad to see it go and lament the loss of anything else to watch. (Yes, there's always "Upstairs, Downstairs," but, for my money, the Duchess has more beauty, comedy and heartwrenching drama than the "Upstairs" gang could even contemplate!)


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