A new Earl, Michael Anstey, returns to England from Hong Kong to restore his family's estate.
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 Michael Hincham 8 episodes, 1989
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 Virginia Hincham 8 episodes, 1989
Jon Croft ...
 Jim Hadnett 8 episodes, 1989
Angela Browne ...
 Barbara Chivers 7 episodes, 1989
Michael Grandage ...
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 Peter Thornton 7 episodes, 1989
Matyelok Gibbs ...
 Daisy Hadnett 6 episodes, 1989
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 Olivia Esholt 6 episodes, 1989
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 Patricia Anstey 6 episodes, 1989
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 Lord Toller 5 episodes, 1989
John Stride ...
 Ewan Chivers 5 episodes, 1989
James Villiers ...
 Ronnie Esholt 5 episodes, 1989
Thomas Wheatley ...
 Alan Rawtenstall 5 episodes, 1989
David Buck ...
 Russell Fairless 4 episodes, 1989
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 Keith Shedden 4 episodes, 1989
Caroline Ryder ...
 Dibs Harper 4 episodes, 1989
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A new Earl, Michael Anstey, returns to England from Hong Kong to restore his family's estate.

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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 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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