Manor House (2002)
"The Edwardian Country House" (original title)

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21 people from the 21st century are being brought together in an Edwardian Country House. 6 of them are the Upstairs family and the 15 others are the servants. For three months, these people have only the rulebook and each other...

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Tristan Aldrich ...
 Tristan / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Avril Anson ...
 Herself / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Ellen Beard ...
 Ellen / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Charlie Clay ...
 Charlie / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Rob Daly ...
 Rob / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Jean Davies ...
 Mrs. Davies / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Antonia Dawson ...
 Antonia / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Denis Dubiard ...
 Monsier Dubiard / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Hugh Edgar ...
 Mr. Edgar / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
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 Narrator (6 episodes, 2002)
Anna Olliff-Cooper ...
 Lady Olliff-Cooper / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Guy Olliff-Cooper ...
 Master Guy / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
John Olliff-Cooper ...
 Sir John / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Erika Ravitz ...
 Erika / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Jessica Rawlinson ...
 Jess / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Ken Skelton ...
 Kenny / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Rebecca Smith ...
 Becky / ... (6 episodes, 2002)
Reji Raj ...
 Mr. Raj-Singh / ... (5 episodes, 2002)
Eva Morrison ...
 Miss Morrison / ... (4 episodes, 2002)
Jonty Olliff-Cooper ...
 Eldest Son / ... (4 episodes, 2002)
Lucy Garside ...
 Lucy (2 episodes, 2002)
Eva Morisson ...
 Lady's Maid (2 episodes, 2002)
Kelly Squires ...
 Kelly (2 episodes, 2002)
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21 people from the 21st century are being brought together in an Edwardian Country House. 6 of them are the Upstairs family and the 15 others are the servants. For three months, these people have only the rulebook and each other...

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There's a Place for Everyone ... And Everyone Better Know Their Place.


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[regarding Edwardian society]
Mister Edgar - the Butler: Without truth, society is sick, and it can't really survive. And it was swept away.
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The best thing ever to come out of PBS
7 January 2004 | by (Grosse Pointe, Michigan) – See all my reviews

As far as reality TV goes, this is tops. I loved the first couple seasons of survivor, and this blows them away. I'm an American, and as such, I know this program as Manor House. My father received this series as a Christmas gift, and I wanted to watch all three discs back to back.

There were some week episodes in the middle but overall this was the most worthwhile program I've seen in a long time. The characters were fantastic. Kenny the hall boy was hilarious, Monsieur Dubiard was the quintessential French chef, and Sir John was absolutely despicable. Perhaps best of all was Mr. Edgar. He was so real as an Edwardian butler it felt like they lifted him right out of the time period.

As far as the accusation that the program might has been scripted, I don't believe it for a second. I do however believe that they did a brilliant job with casting. The interplay between characters was almost unbelievably dynamic. While I don't think that Kenny the hall boy would have stayed employed in 1905 I have to give him a hand for sticking it out and lasting through the entire program. The first couple scullery maids on the other hand were incredibly ill prepared for there responsibilities. I suspect the directors hoped they would spice up the show, but instead they just quit.

Again, I can't say enough good things about this show, and would characterize it as a must watch for anyone with any wits. While I can't give it a 10 (reserved for the godfather and the like) I have to give it a high 9. While it may never be a huge hit, it will always be a hit with me.


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