A new Earl, Michael Anstey, returns to England from Hong Kong to restore his family's estate.






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Series cast summary:
Peter Jeffrey ...
 Michael Hincham (8 episodes, 1989)
Gemma Jones ...
 Virginia Hincham (8 episodes, 1989)
Jon Croft ...
 Jim Hadnett (8 episodes, 1989)
Angela Browne ...
 Barbara Chivers (7 episodes, 1989)
Michael Grandage ...
 Jamie (7 episodes, 1989)
Matyelok Gibbs ...
 Daisy Hadnett (6 episodes, 1989)
 Olivia Esholt (6 episodes, 1989)
 Patricia Anstey (6 episodes, 1989)
 Peter Thornton (6 episodes, 1989)
John Stride ...
 Ewan Chivers (5 episodes, 1989)
 Ronnie Esholt (5 episodes, 1989)
Thomas Wheatley ...
 Alan Rawtenstall (5 episodes, 1989)
David Buck ...
 Russell Fairless (4 episodes, 1989)
 Keith Shedden (4 episodes, 1989)
Caroline Ryder ...
 Dibs Harper (4 episodes, 1989)
 Lord Toller (4 episodes, 1989)
 Cecily Hollar-Wilson (3 episodes, 1989)
Una Brandon-Jones ...
 Annie Murdoch (3 episodes, 1989)
Mark Kingston ...
 Cmdr. Firbank (3 episodes, 1989)
Caroline Mortimer ...
 Dorothy Wild (3 episodes, 1989)
James Ottaway ...
 Harold Murdoch (3 episodes, 1989)
 Deenagh Long (3 episodes, 1989)
James Cossins ...
 Mr. Kilbeck (2 episodes, 1989)
 Man in panama hat / ... (2 episodes, 1989)
Nigel Lambert ...
 Det. Sgt. Williams (2 episodes, 1989)


A new Earl, Michael Anstey, returns to England from Hong Kong to restore his family's estate.

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9 July 1989 (UK)  »

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A suspenseful, intelligent and entertaining drama about a far-from wealthy aristocratic family and their "nouveau riche" neighbors in 1980s England.
9 October 2005 | by (Novato, CA) – See all my reviews

Chelworth tracked the efforts of Michael Anstey (Peter Jeffrey) to make a financial success of running his family estate, restore its historic house and keep his family together. This was a suspenseful, intelligent and entertaining drama, co-written by John Hawkesworth (Upstairs, Downstairs and The Duchess of Duke Street). While not particularly deep, the social observation of 1980's ostentation and mores was quite acute. Among a strong cast, which included Phyllida Law, Martin Jarvis and James Villiers, I vividly remember Gemma Jones' beautifully restrained performance as the long-suffering Virginia Anstey.

Having recorded the series, I lent out the tape and never got it back. Unfortunately it does not yet appear to have been released on VHS or DVD but it deserves to be made available.

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