To the Manor Born (1979–1981)

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Audrey fforbes-Hamilton is sad when her husband dies but is shocked when she realises that she has to leave Grantleigh Manor where her family has lived forever. The new owner is Richard De ... See full summary »

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Season:

4 | 3 | 2 | 1

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2007 | 1981 | 1980 | 1979
4 nominations. See more awards »
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Penelope Keith ...
 Audrey / ... (22 episodes, 1979-2007)
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 DeVere / ... (22 episodes, 1979-2007)
Angela Thorne ...
 Marjory / ... (22 episodes, 1979-2007)
Daphne Heard ...
 Mrs. Polouvicka (17 episodes, 1979-1981)
John Rudling ...
 Brabinger (16 episodes, 1979-1981)
Gerald Sim ...
 The Rector / ... (15 episodes, 1979-2007)
Michael Bilton ...
 Ned (15 episodes, 1979-1981)
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Audrey fforbes-Hamilton is sad when her husband dies but is shocked when she realises that she has to leave Grantleigh Manor where her family has lived forever. The new owner is Richard De Vere, owner of a major supermarket chain. Audrey makes sure she's on hand to keep an eye on him by buying The Old Lodge on the edge of the Manor grounds. As time goes by both Richard and Audrey realises that they are falling for each other but both are too shy to do anything about it. Meanwhile, Mrs. Polouvicka, Richard's mother (he changed his name to help him in his business.) knows the situation between Richard and Audrey and is determined to see that Richard does the right thing. Audrey's friend Marjory Frobisher and butler Brabinger are on hand to help out if necessary. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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manor | mother | butler | supermarket | lodge | See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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25 March 1982 (USA)  »

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The final episode held the record until 1996 for the biggest-ever audience for a single programme on British TV, with an audience of over 27 million viewers. The record was broken 15 years later by the series Only Fools and Horses.... (1981) with 27.6 million viewers. See more »

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The Rector: For what we are about to receive may the Lord make us truly thankful.
[Marjory stifles a laugh]
Audrey fforbes-Hamilton: Marjory?
Marjory Frobisher: Sorry! Um, got a bone in my throat.
Audrey fforbes-Hamilton: Do watch out for bones everybody. You can't be too careful with avocados.
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Shameful.
18 June 2005 | by (NE England) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, this is one of those series that portrays the English as being a nation of foppish aristocrats. We all know this is not the case

  • our country is, after all, the origin of the word 'chav' - and yet
some of my American friends are calling this a 'true British sitcom,' etcetera.

This is a largely forgettable series that should appeal to the upper-middle classes and Tory voters. It focuses around Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton and the trials and tribulations of being so fantastically rich that you never need to do anything, besides being generally obnoxious and judgemental to everybody around you, and Richard DeVere, who is constantly being lampooned for his non-English heritage.

To The Manor Born shares The Royle Family's amazing variety for place and people, as well as its stereotypical portrayal of an English societal class, using its subject of upper class for 'comedic' racism and the development of inferiority complexes.

Having watched a good few episodes from the series, I find it to be unforgettable and often rather boring. It is suitable for background viewing, if you can stand Audrey's shrill voice.

I advise you to steer clear. An acquired taste for sure.


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