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The Duchess of Duke Street 

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Series (1976–1977)
Louisa is an ordinary girl living in Victorian London. She is looking for a job and ends up talking her way into the kitchen of a Lords townhouse. The Lord has a rather snooty French Chef, ... See full summary »



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Louisa is an ordinary girl living in Victorian London. She is looking for a job and ends up talking her way into the kitchen of a Lords townhouse. The Lord has a rather snooty French Chef, Louisa quickly develops a strong desire to become a top Cook, women back then couldn't be Chefs. Through hard work and sheer determination she wins over the Chef and he begins to teach her his art. She quickly proves that she has a huge talent in the art of cooking. This brings her to the attention of three very different men, all of which will play huge but very different roles in her future. Partly because of who she knows, but mostly by her own extremely strong will and work ethic she goes on to be very successful, in a time where independent women were something of an oddity. Written by Deirdre of the Sorrows

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Release Date:

16 December 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Hotel in der Duke Street  »

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(31 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real Louisa Trotter (Rosa Lewis) ran the Cavendish Hotel, called the Bentinck in the series. Cavendish-Bentinck is the family name of the Dukes of Portland. See more »


Featured in Maid in Britain (2010) See more »

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A great pleasure
11 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

There is still great pleasure to be had from this series. Set in the earlier 1900s in London, it is the story of a young woman who begins as a kitchen hand and, through talent and determination, becomes a great chef and hotelier, (though she refuses to lose her cockney speech).

Louisa Trotter, played by the truly WONDERFUL Gemma Jones, must be one of the most memorable characters in television history. A creature of so many moods - haranguing her staff in the kitchen, deliriously in love, vulgar when she's angry, prickly with her mother, sentimental about her affair with the old King - it's hard to know whether to laugh at her, or cry. But there is one constant about her - her artistry in her profession, and that is always awe-inspiring.

During a long series, relationships between characters can acquire great reality. Louisa's covert affection for her staff, her enduring love for Charlie (Christopher Cazenove), and her deep friendship with the Major (Richard Vernon) - mainly because of the exquisite playing of the cast - have an extraordinary conviction.

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