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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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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Classic British Comedy!
17 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To the Manor Born is about how old money and new money don't necessarily mix very well. The show stars the wonderful Penelope Keith CBE OBE (a comedy veteran) who plays Audrey Fforbes Hamilton who represents old money and Peter Bowles as Richard Devere who represents new money. After Audrey's husband and lord of the manor has died much to Audrey's dismay, they didn't have a good marriage. She lets out a scream that she finally free to rule the Manor. Unfortunately, Audrey learns that she is in debt after his death. She must sell her beloved home to Richard Devere, a self-made millionaire entrepreneur who really is both Czech and Polish heritage. She sells but she moves close by and is still active in her community with her best friend played by a terrific actress whose name I can't remember. Daphne Heard plays the wonderful foreign born mother of Richard. The episodes are all classically funny and it is one of Britain's best exports. Penelope Keith is one of Britain's brilliant funny ladies up there with Patricia Routledge CBE OBE and Dame Judi Dench.


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