This episode of 'Affairs of the Heart' is an adaptation of 'The High Bid', with one set, a cast of five, and a sparkling script from series writer Terence Feely.
The story, here retitled 'Grace' after the mouthy and dominant American stately home specialist played by Diana Rigg, concerns a young aristocrat, Capt. Clement Yule (Jeremy Brett), who is returning to his family seat after many years - the house is mortgaged to the hilt to industrialist Mr Prodmore (George Cole) who has plans for an alliance between Yule and his daughter Cora (Celia Bannerman). Rounding off the cast is John Welsh as the faithful old family retainer, as much part of the furniture as any old Master.
Much of the tale concerns the sparring and flirting between the characters of Yule and Grace, beautifully played here with understanding and humour by Brett and Rigg. They fit their roles perfectly and are hugely enjoyable to watch. So much so that you really hope that Prodmore's plans don't come to be.
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