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The Duchess of Duke Street 

Louisa is an ordinary girl living in Victorian London. She is looking for a job and ends up talking her way into the kitchen of a Lords townhouse. The Lord has a rather snooty French Chef, ... See full summary »

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John Hawkesworth
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1977   1976  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Gemma Jones ...  Louisa Trotter 31 episodes, 1976-1977
Victoria Plucknett Victoria Plucknett ...  Mary 26 episodes, 1976-1977
John Welsh ...  Merriman 25 episodes, 1976-1977
John Cater ...  Starr 24 episodes, 1976-1977
Richard Vernon ...  Major Smith-Barton / ... 18 episodes, 1976-1977
Mary Healey ...  Mrs. Cochrane 17 episodes, 1976-1977
Christopher Cazenove ...  Charles Haslemere / ... 15 episodes, 1976-1977
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Storyline

Louisa is an ordinary girl living in Victorian London. She is looking for a job and ends up talking her way into the kitchen of a Lords townhouse. The Lord has a rather snooty French Chef, Louisa quickly develops a strong desire to become a top Cook, women back then couldn't be Chefs. Through hard work and sheer determination she wins over the Chef and he begins to teach her his art. She quickly proves that she has a huge talent in the art of cooking. This brings her to the attention of three very different men, all of which will play huge but very different roles in her future. Partly because of who she knows, but mostly by her own extremely strong will and work ethic she goes on to be very successful, in a time where independent women were something of an oddity. Written by Deirdre of the Sorrows

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Drama

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Hotel in der Duke Street See more »

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Runtime:

(31 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Hayley Mills was originally cast in the lead role but had to withdraw after learning she was pregnant. See more »

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Featured in Maid in Britain (2010) See more »

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RE: For Fans of British Masterpieces, A Must-See
22 January 2003 | by barryjwilliams2003See all my reviews

This extraordinary series, so greatly loved by Britons, deserves a new generation to view and be mesmerized by the wonderful acting, writing, direction, and costumes. It is still compelling 25 years after it was made and still ranks as one of the most superb examples of what truly grand television can be. Most of the show feels as if you are sitting front-row in a theatre with the actors within inches of your seat but occasionally the production ventures outside when, perhaps, it starts waxing a tad towards "drawing room soap opera." Still, trust me, this series, and its stalwartly resilient characters, will become forever etched in your heart, as they have in mine.

When you are finished with this series, it is truly like losing a good friend. You are more than sad to see it go and lament the loss of anything else to watch. (Yes, there's always "Upstairs, Downstairs," but, for my money, the Duchess has more beauty, comedy and heartwrenching drama than the "Upstairs" gang could even contemplate!)


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