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25 March 1982 (USA) See more »
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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The British Satire of All Time; Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles are Classic See more (12 total) »


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

Peter Bowles ... Richard DeVere (22 episodes, 1979-2007)
Angela Thorne ... 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)

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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USA:30 min
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The first name of Audrey's late husband was spelled "Marton", not "Martin". This unusual spelling, seen on his gravestone in "To the Manor Born: Back to the Manor (#3.7)" (1981), began as a typo when Peter Spence, the creator, was typing a copy of the original radio script on which the TV version was based. John Lloyd, the producer of the radio play, decided to keep this spelling because "the aristocracy are always mucking about with the spelling of things".See more »
Richard DeVere:We're about to have another lecture, are we?
Audrey fforbes-Hamilton:If that's what you want to call it...
Richard DeVere:In that case, I'll be brief. I'm fed up to the back teeth with the way you keep rushing over here with some little quibble about the way I'm running this estate. I know for a fact that you have no real quarrel with the way I'm doing it, so why do you keep finding fault? I'll tell you why: firstly, because you want to prove to everybody that you're still Dame High and Mighty around here and secondly, because you rather enjoy coming over here... to see me.
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The British Satire of All Time; Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles are Classic, 9 October 2007
Author: silverscreen888

Between 1979 and 1981, 21 episodes of this unforgettable British series were produced. For whatever quality one chooses to stress, no half-hour satirical comedy ever made has ever, by my lights, come near equaling it. The writers cleverly located the principals on a spacious and fine 400 year-old English estate belonging to the very noblesse oblige upper-class Audrey fforbes-Hamilton. Her husband has just expired; it having been a marriage of convenience, she is pleased to be free; pleased, that is, until she is unable to collect quite enough money to outbid a new owner who comes into possession of her property. He is Richard de Vere, a transplanted Czech with a delightful and exasperating mother, and the position as chief executive of the conglomerate Cavendish Foods. Not to be turned off her ancestral property by a "grocer", Audrey purchases the Manor's lodge; and from this vantage point, she begins advising de Vere on what he must, must not, should have done, should not, and needs to consider doing and not doing. The merry war between the two is a classic one; and the gradual realization by both that they are two halves of a coin of great potential happiness takes an entire season to be grasped. Every episode advances one or the other's training, or both--his in what it take to deserve and preserve such a great manor, she in why she needs him so that together they can do what she cannot possibly do alone. As Audrey, Penelope Keith proves herself the best British comedic actress of the century, once again. Playing off her dynamic, lovely, funny and extraordinarily intelligent performance is no easy task; fortunately, the producer, Gareth Gwenan, assigned the role to very talented Peter Bowles, who comes close to holding his own against her formidable character. The small lodge, set against the great manor, and the manor against an increasingly vulgarized and irresponsible English citizenry with a history of far more taste are both used to set off Audrey's attempts, enforced or not, to learn how to cope with ordinary details formerly handled by servants and Richard's attempts to learn to be thoroughly Enlgish while striving for a modernity he only half understands at best. Also featured in the able cast are Angela Thorne as Audrey's friend and rival Marjorie, Daphne Heard as Mrs. Poulouvika the Mother, Gerald Sim as the bemused Rector, Michael Bilton as the lazy but lovable servant Old Ned, John Rudling as Brabinger the splendid butler who goes with her to serve Audrey, and Anthony Sharp as the womanizing old Brigadier. Many others in the town are also featured now and again, along with guest stars such as Bill Travers and Rula Lenska, and assorted class types from the corporation, the British old boy network, and the government. This is biting satire about two persons who are self-assertive, ethical and capable of being insulted, touched, advised, mistaken, friendly, impatient, angry and loving. Peter Spence and Christopher Bond are assigned credit for having produced such memorable plot ideas as a trip to Spain that is never taken, beekeeping on a budget, why hedgerows are necessary, the danger of old school friends who have lost weight, how to save a doomed railway station, shopping as a learned skill, how not to attend a formal dance, milking a back injury for fun and profit, and exampling the nastiness of snobbish upper class types who are as stuck in Feudal attitudes as are the series' government types corporate flunkies and resentful neighbors. The allegory and leads here are so perfect, by my standards, I never expect to see anything of this satirical quality ever done again in my lifetime. Rent the series, view it in order. I suggest there is not a less-than-memorable episode in the entire period from the leads' first meeting to their unorthodox decision to form a partnership called "marriage". I suggest that anyone who cannot appreciate the superiority of this series probably deserves not to do so. It is not another god British comedic series--it is THE British comedic series of all time.

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