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Manor House 

The Edwardian Country House (original title)
21 people from the 21st century are being brought together in an Edwardian Country House. 6 of them are the Upstairs family and the 15 others are the servants. For three months, these people have only the rulebook and each other...
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Tristan Aldrich Tristan Aldrich ...  Tristan / ... 6 episodes, 2002
Avril Anson Avril Anson ...  Herself / ... 6 episodes, 2002
Ellen Beard Ellen Beard ...  Ellen / ... 6 episodes, 2002
Charlie Clay Charlie Clay ...  Charlie / ... 6 episodes, 2002
Rob Daly Rob Daly ...  Rob / ... 6 episodes, 2002
Jean Davies Jean Davies ...  Mrs. Davies / ... 6 episodes, 2002
Antonia Dawson Antonia Dawson ...  Antonia / ... 6 episodes, 2002
Denis Dubiard Denis Dubiard ...  Monsier Dubiard / ... 6 episodes, 2002
Hugh Edgar Hugh Edgar ...  Mr. Edgar / ... 6 episodes, 2002
Derek Jacobi ...  Narrator 6 episodes, 2002
Anna Olliff-Cooper Anna Olliff-Cooper ...  Lady Olliff-Cooper / ... 6 episodes, 2002
Guy Olliff-Cooper Guy Olliff-Cooper ...  Master Guy / ... 6 episodes, 2002
John Olliff-Cooper John Olliff-Cooper ...  Sir John / ... 6 episodes, 2002
Erika Ravitz Erika Ravitz ...  Erika / ... 6 episodes, 2002
Jessica Rawlinson Jessica Rawlinson ...  Jess / ... 6 episodes, 2002
Ken Skelton Ken Skelton ...  Kenny / ... 6 episodes, 2002
Rebecca Smith Rebecca Smith ...  Becky / ... 6 episodes, 2002
Reji Raj Reji Raj ...  Mr. Raj-Singh / ... 5 episodes, 2002
Eva Morrison Eva Morrison ...  Miss Morrison / ... 4 episodes, 2002
Jonty Olliff-Cooper Jonty Olliff-Cooper ...  Eldest Son / ... 4 episodes, 2002
Lucy Garside Lucy Garside ...  Lucy 2 episodes, 2002
Eva Morisson Eva Morisson ...  Lady's Maid 2 episodes, 2002
Kelly Squires Kelly Squires ...  Kelly 2 episodes, 2002
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21 people from the 21st century are being brought together in an Edwardian Country House. 6 of them are the Upstairs family and the 15 others are the servants. For three months, these people have only the rulebook and each other...

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23 April 2002 (UK) See more »

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Manor House See more »

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[regarding Edwardian society]
Mister Edgar - the Butler: Without truth, society is sick, and it can't really survive. And it was swept away.
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Entertaining and educational series
8 August 2012 | by treeline1See all my reviews

In 2001, a group of volunteers entered a grand Scottish estate and assumed the roles of masters and servants; they lived in complete compliance with 1905 rules and standards for three months. The family that became the Lord and Lady of the house had an unimagined glimpse into a world of power and luxury while the downstairs folk experienced the depths of despair as marginalized servants.

This was the best of the excellent "House" reality series; its success was due to the dedication of those in the cast whose eyes were opened to the perks and horrors of strict Edwardian life. We watch as the master's family pursues the ease of the very wealthy, riding, entertaining, and being coddled and pampered. The servants, however, endure backbreaking and soul-killing labor, under the watchful eye of the superb butler. Even their personal conversations were limited and structured by strict etiquette.

I was completely engrossed as the cast dealt with loneliness, forged friendships, and overcame adversity without the aid of modern conveniences; I felt their anxiety under pressure, relief at the simplest pleasure, and I sobbed at their misery. The last day was especially moving as each participant appeared in modern clothes for the first time and took their happy, or in some cases, very sad farewell of the house.

Highly recommended for history fans.


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