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Series cast summary:
 Audrey fforbes-Hamilton / ... (22 episodes, 1979-2007)
 Richard DeVere (22 episodes, 1979-2007)
 Marjory Frobisher (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)


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 <>

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25 March 1982 (USA)  »

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Han, hun og godset  »

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Years later, 10 episodes (six adaptations and four specially written) appeared on BBC Radio 2, starring Penelope Keith and Angela Thorne reprising their roles, and Keith Barron as Richard DeVere. See more »


Marjory Frobisher: I was surprised to hear she'd got married at all, I mean she wasn't very attractive was she?
Audrey fforbes-Hamilton: Oh, let's not mince words, Margory, she had a face like a ship's boiler.
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Super British Sit-Com!
8 February 2001 | by (Brooklyn, NY. (Where I'm from originally.)) – See all my reviews

When I first watched To The Manor Born one Friday night on my local PBS afilliate, I was immediately hooked from the start! In this British sit-com, Penelope Keith plays Audrey Forbes-Hamilton a charismatic and independent widow who might have to leave her stately manor that her family had lived in for years only to find out it's now being owned by Richard Devere (Peter Bowles) an owner of a supermarket chain, and not to mention a widower. I enjoy all the other characters in this like The Rector, and I haven't seen an episode I didn't like!

I really enjoy watching Audrey's and Richard's relationship develop. They're like the Emma Peel and John Steed of the show, in the fact that when they interact, they just don't know how they feel about each other! What makes this show so intriguing is it's high-brow sophisticated humor, the characters, and the in-depth storylines.

To The Manor Born is an impeccable British sit-com that deserves to be watched by anyone who's a fan of British humor. It's a lot better than the garbage they have on nowadays. :)

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