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To the Manor Born 

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | TV Series (1979–2007)
Audrey fforbes-Hamilton is sad when her husband dies but is shocked when she realises that she has to leave Grantleigh Manor where her family has lived forever. The new owner is Richard De ... See full summary »

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Peter Spence
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4   3   2   1  
2007   1981   1980   1979  
4 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Penelope Keith ...  Audrey fforbes-Hamilton / ... 22 episodes, 1979-2007
Peter Bowles ...  Richard DeVere 22 episodes, 1979-2007
Angela Thorne ...  Marjory Frobisher 22 episodes, 1979-2007
Daphne Heard ...  Mrs. Polouvicka 17 episodes, 1979-1981
John Rudling John Rudling ...  Brabinger 16 episodes, 1979-1981
Gerald Sim ...  The Rector 15 episodes, 1979-2007
Michael Bilton Michael Bilton ...  Ned 14 episodes, 1979-1981
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Audrey fforbes-Hamilton is sad when her husband dies but is shocked when she realises that she has to leave Grantleigh Manor where her family has lived forever. The new owner is Richard De Vere, owner of a major supermarket chain. Audrey makes sure she's on hand to keep an eye on him by buying The Old Lodge on the edge of the Manor grounds. As time goes by both Richard and Audrey realises that they are falling for each other but both are too shy to do anything about it. Meanwhile, Mrs. Polouvicka, Richard's mother (he changed his name to help him in his business.) knows the situation between Richard and Audrey and is determined to see that Richard does the right thing. Audrey's friend Marjory Frobisher and butler Brabinger are on hand to help out if necessary. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

Angela Thorne's husband Peter Penry-Jones played Julian Gayforth in the final two episodes, as an opponent of Richard DeVere at Cavendish Foods. See more »

Quotes

Richard DeVere: We're about to have another lecture, are we?
Audrey fforbes-Hamilton: If that's what you want to call it...
Richard DeVere: In that case, I'll be brief. I'm fed up to the back teeth with the way you keep rushing over here with some little quibble about the way I'm running this estate. I know for a fact that you have no real quarrel with the way I'm doing it, so why do you keep finding fault? I'll tell you why: firstly, because you want to prove to everybody that you're still Dame High and Mighty around here and secondly, because you ...
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Featured in Britain's Best Loved Sitcoms (2015) See more »

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Composed by Ronnie Hazlehurst
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Super British Sit-Com!
8 February 2001 | by wishkah7See all my reviews

When I first watched To The Manor Born one Friday night on my local PBS afilliate, I was immediately hooked from the start! In this British sit-com, Penelope Keith plays Audrey Forbes-Hamilton a charismatic and independent widow who might have to leave her stately manor that her family had lived in for years only to find out it's now being owned by Richard Devere (Peter Bowles) an owner of a supermarket chain, and not to mention a widower. I enjoy all the other characters in this like The Rector, and I haven't seen an episode I didn't like!

I really enjoy watching Audrey's and Richard's relationship develop. They're like the Emma Peel and John Steed of the show, in the fact that when they interact, they just don't know how they feel about each other! What makes this show so intriguing is it's high-brow sophisticated humor, the characters, and the in-depth storylines.

To The Manor Born is an impeccable British sit-com that deserves to be watched by anyone who's a fan of British humor. It's a lot better than the garbage they have on nowadays. :)


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1982 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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