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Release Date:
25 March 1982 (USA) See more »
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Audrey fforbes-Hamilton is sad when her husband dies but is shocked when she realises that she has to... See more »
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4 nominations See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 20)
Penelope Keith ... Audrey / ... (22 episodes, 1979-2007)

Peter Bowles ... 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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Series Directed by
Gareth Gwenlan (22 episodes, 1979-2007)
 
Series Writing credits
Peter Spence (22 episodes, 1979-2007)

Series Produced by
Gareth Gwenlan .... producer (22 episodes, 1979-2007)
 
Series Original Music by
Ronnie Hazlehurst (21 episodes, 1979-1981)
 
Series Cinematography by
John Sorapure (1 episode, 2007)
 
Series Film Editing by
John Dunstan (20 episodes, 1979-1981)
 
Series Casting by
Sarah Hughes (1 episode, 2007)
 
Series Production Design by
Ian Rawnsley (14 episodes, 1979-1980)
Dacre Punt (7 episodes, 1981)
Gloria Clayton (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Art Direction by
Jane Shepherd (1 episode, 2007)
 
Series Costume Design by
Rupert Jarvis (7 episodes, 1981)
Dorinda Rea (6 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Makeup Department
Fran Needham .... makeup artist (14 episodes, 1979-1980)
Heather Squire .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Production Management
Richard Boden .... production manager (7 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vivien Ackland-Snow .... first assistant director (1 episode, 2007)
Grenville Bartlett .... second assistant director (1 episode, 2007)
Lisa Thornton .... third assistant director (1 episode, 2007)
 
Series Art Department
Stewart Austin .... graphic designer / graphic design (5 episodes, 1979-1981)
Ruth Hyde .... property buyer (4 episodes, 1981)
Derek Leigh .... property buyer (4 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Sound Department
Ian Sansam .... film recordist (7 episodes, 1979)
Jack Sudic .... sound (7 episodes, 1979)
Graham Wilkinson .... sound / sound supervisor (7 episodes, 1981-2007)
Bruce Gallaway .... sound recordist (7 episodes, 1981)
Bryan Showell .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 1980)
Michael McCarthy .... sound (5 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Special Effects by
Keith Edwards .... special effects supervisor (1 episode, 2007)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Mat Irvine .... visual effects designer (1 episode, 1979)
Stuart Brisdon .... visual effects designer (1 episode, 1981)
 
Series Stunts
Bruce Cain .... stunt performer (1 episode, 2007)
Richard Hansen .... stunt performer (1 episode, 2007)
Kim McGarrity .... stunt performer (1 episode, 2007)
Tony Smart .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 2007)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Henry Barber .... lighting (21 episodes, 1979-1981)
Alec Curtis .... film cameraman (20 episodes, 1979-1981)
Ron Peverall .... senior cameraman (7 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judy Allen .... costume (7 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Editorial Department
John Barclay .... vision mixer (5 episodes, 1980-1981)
Joan Duncan .... vision mixer (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bill Morton .... vision mixer (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
 
Series Music Department
Ronnie Hazlehurst .... composer: title music (1 episode, 2007)
 
Series Other crew
Christopher Bond .... script associate (20 episodes, 1979-1981)
Richard Boden .... production assistant / production team (7 episodes, 1979-1980)
Sue Bysh .... production team (7 episodes, 1979-1980)
John B. Hobbs .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1979)
Liz Cranston .... production team (7 episodes, 1981)
Camilla Howard .... production team (7 episodes, 1981)
Sylvie McRoberts .... production team (7 episodes, 1981)
Jane Hawley .... production team (6 episodes, 1980)
 

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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 »
Quotes:
Audrey fforbes-Hamilton:"Since the death of her husband, Audrey has left Grantleigh Manor and moved down the drive." They think I live in a pothole!See more »
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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
For a nation of romantics..., 1 January 2004
Author: jenluvscymru from Wales, UK

To the Manor Born is a classic and unmistakably English sit-com, with all the wit and intelligence you'd expect of good old British humour.

Penelope Keith does what she does best, in sheer style, portraying Audrey Fforbes-Hamiltion (NEVER Audrey F-H), a recently widowed and infinitely upper class traditionalist, whose steely determination makes her attitudes very difficult to change. That is, until the self-made millionaire and grocery shop extraordinary (not to mention foreign) Richard De Vere assumes residence of the stately home in which Audrey has resided (as the title suggests) since birth, after she is forced to sell her pride and joy.

Unsurprisingly, Audrey takes an instant dislike to this social upstart, an instinct which appears mutual, as Richard is driven to distraction by his predecessor's constant putdowns (which are in a league of their own) and persistent interference in his running of her beloved Grantleigh Estate. However, Richard's dear mother, Mrs Poo has other ideas about the pair, and resolves to bring her son around to her way of thinking.

Although from the word go you know this initial 'hate' relationship is going to end in the discovery of true love, and you may be thinking 'change the record', but theres just this incredible 'Je ne sais quoi' about these two characters, when they are together, that is just so captivating. For those of you who still remain unconvinced, its well worth watching for Audrey's rather unorthodox suggestion at the end.

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