Early 20th century England: while toasting his daughter Catherine's engagement, Arthur Winslow learns the royal naval academy expelled his 14-year-old son, Ronnie, for stealing five ... See full summary »
A suspenseful, intelligent and entertaining drama about a far-from wealthy aristocratic family and their "nouveau riche" neighbors in 1980s England.
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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