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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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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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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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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Aristocrats in the poor house
7 December 1998 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This likable series followed hot on the heels of Penelope Keith's success in 'The Good Life'. In 'The Good Life', Penelope played the thoroughly snobbish Margot Ledbetter and it is possible to see that 'To the Manor Born' was a somewhat carry on from that. In this series, made for the BBC from 1979 to 1981, Penelope plays Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton, a member of aristocracy, (and boy, doesn't she know it) and one of the 'old girls' with the very proper up-bringing. When her husband dies, Audrey discovers she is in serious debt and must sell the house, Grantley Manor. The Estate is bought by Mr Richard DeVere, a Czechoslovak immigrant who has established a very successful chain of supermarkets called 'Cavendish Foods'. Audrey moves into the Gate-Keepers lodge and continues to live the aristocratic life. The show is a gentle dig at English aristocratic life and those who are members of it and those who are trying to. The show is also dominated by the 'will-they-or-won't-they' relationship between Audrey and Richard (played by Peter Bowles). One of the many likeable British comedy series.


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