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The Duchess of Duke Street 

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Series (1976–1977)
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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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 Major Smith-Barton / ... 18 episodes, 1976-1977
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 Mrs. Cochrane 17 episodes, 1976-1977
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 Charles Haslemere / ... 15 episodes, 1976-1977
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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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16 December 1979 (USA)  »

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Das Hotel in der Duke Street  »

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The real Louisa Trotter (Rosa Lewis) ran the Cavendish Hotel, called the Bentinck in the series. Cavendish-Bentinck is the family name of the Dukes of Portland. See more »

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Featured in Maid in Britain (2010) See more »

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Amazing series...golly why is the DVD such mediocre quality?
17 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Even though this series is compared to "Upstairs Downstairs", it stood on its own feet as a first rate drama about an extremely interesting Cockney character going from getting her job in service to becoming the best chief in Britian and running the most famous private hotel in London.

The ENTIRE cast was superb, with Gemma Jones performing the part of a lifetime with power, wit and grace.

For the life of me, I can't understand why BBC chose not to release this on DVD....instead they leased it to Acorn video and the quality is no better than the VHS version the BBC issues years ago. Some of the episode are such lousy visual quality that it's hard to enjoy them.

I own both sets on VHS and was first-in-line to the buy the DVD......but crickey, the quality on the two DVD sets is so mediocre.


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