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To the Manor Born - Featuring All Three Series [1979] [DVD]

Penelope Keith , Peter Bowles    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles, Angela Thorne
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Subtitled
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan 2005
  • Run Time: 703 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006HIPOA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,327 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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To the Manor Born is another BBC sitcom from the genre's golden age, one that came to dominate the ratings during its initial three series run from 1979-80. Providing Penelope Keith with her first major role after The Good Life, the show focuses on a way of life that now appears hard to comprehend, with storylines concerning hunt balls, village committees and eccentric brigadiers only adding to the dated feel. What provided the programme's key interest, however, was not the terribly quaint Little England setting but the burgeoning relationship between Keith's Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton and Richard De Vere (Peter Bowles), the new owner of Audrey's old home, Grantleigh Manor. It's all very, very English (the show is set in a village called Cricket St. Thomas) and the continuing use of farce almost creates a sense of parody: but look beyond the infuriating stereotypes and there is some sharp writing going on, predating the city vs countryside debate by nearly two decades. Penelope Keith is, as ever, fantastic value and while new viewers may simply not get the joke, those after a spot of nostalgia could do far worse. --Phil Udell

Product Description

The entire three series of the popular comedy, plus the 25th anniversary special. Recently widowed Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith) is aghast when she is forced to sell her ancestral home to millionaire grocery magnate Richard De Vere (Peter Bowles). Taking up residence at the nearby Lodge, Audrey decides to educate the new lord of the manor in his civic duties, and it is not long before the pair are locking horns over Richard's planned modernisation of Grantley.


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112 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some are born great, others achieve greatness 15 Dec 2005
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:DVD
'To the Manor Born' is one of the better Brit-coms, witty and intelligent without being over-the-top or inaccessible. It has an oh-so-British tone to it, deliberately so, as it looks with grace and humour at the clash of cultures in modern Britain, the clash between tradition and modernity (finding out that neither is always what it seems), as well as the clash between social classes. All of this is done in such a light-hearted manor, er, manner, that one scarcely realises the biting and insightful satire that runs alongside the comedic situations.
The series begins as Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, a straight-backed, upper-crust woman of breeding who revels in her situation, is celebrating the funeral of her husband (yes, celebrating). Meanwhile, Richard Devere, wealthy (read, nouveau riche) financial officer heading a multinational conglomerate of food stores, arrives in the village in search of a classic gentleman's period home in the English countryside. As Audrey's husband was not one to keep up with the bills, she discovers that she is in fact bankrupt, and is forced to sell the manor. Richard Devere buys it at auction; Audrey is a surprising twist retains the estate's hunting lodge down the road, and the stage is set for the tensions between new homeowner and historical lady of the manor.
Supplementing the main characters are Audrey's best friend Marjorie, who variously has designs on Richard Devere, but these are almost always thwarted; Richard's mother, Mrs. Pu (Poluviska, actually, but the name is reduced for ease by Audrey); Ned, the traditional grounds-keeper who helps keep the traditions alive with Audrey; and finally, Brabinger, the quintessential English butler, who relocates to the old lodge with his mistress Audrey, and always has a few suprises up his sleeve.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To The Manor Born 13 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
Penelope Keith's well known series with Peter Bowles and Angela Thorne is a total delight. It has been many years since shown first on BBC and it has become ageless and as up to date as the present. Well done Beeb, you dont always make such good series these days. Can be viewed time and time again still with laughter.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely box set 10 Jan 2012
By Richie
Format:DVD
This is a really lovely box set. To the manor born was definately one of the best TV series of the late 70's and early 80's and this set gives you every episode. It brings back a lot of memories as I watched this as a child and it is now very strange as I work as a chef in Cricket St Thomas Hotel which was the House used as Grantleigh Manor in the series. If you love this series you must buy this collection.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best 7 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
One of the finest comedy series ever made. Penelope Keith is witty, sharp, a strong female lead with a soft side only exposed from time to time. Following on from the huge success of the Good Life this programme established Keith as one of the best comic actors on Television. Your comedy collection is not complete without this DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful comedy 15 Jan 2014
By SBno1 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is a fine example of how to make a good quality comedy and keep it clean.

Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith) discovers that her late husband died penniless and as a result she has to sell her stately family home Grantleigh Manor and its contents and move into a lodge that used to form part of the grounds. The manor is sold to Richard De Vere (Peter Bowles) the owner of a super market chain. The new ownership isn't quite in keeping to Audrey's liking and she makes this quite clear to Richard and has a tendency to interfere. Richard is quite laid back with most of Audrey's views as he wants to fit into the Lord of the Manor role. Despite the friction that occurs, there is a love that develops between them albeit neither will admit to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The manor born 17 Nov 2012
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As an expatriate, I missed the original series, BBCITV not being available in Switzerland. The BBC Entertainment/Prime Channel filled a few gaps in the 1990s when we gained some foreign TV here. My wife and I have watched every episode and it has such quality that we have even watched some more than once - brilliant British humour at its best - the social jibes and irony are poignant.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the Manor Born 8 Sep 2012
By Averil
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An excellent series - even better with English Subtitles for the Deaf.....I loved it!! Good acting and I enjoyed the subtle humour in the story line.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ! 2 Aug 2012
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A must have !
I would highly recommend it ;
Great characters, good writing which makes a good waching ! :o)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 14 hours ago by K. Lijkendijk
5.0 out of 5 stars Such memories
What a wonderful series. I do remember it first time round, but enjoyed it even more now that I am older, it made me laugh so much, such wonderful acting and stories, nothing on... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Sarah Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
I loved the tv series and found the DVDs just as enjoyable. The battle of wits between the former Lady of the Manor and new owner de Vere
Published 2 months ago by chriswgy
5.0 out of 5 stars TO THE MANOR BORN
Of course there would be no point in buying an old DVD like this if one did not expect it to be good. And it is. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous
One of the best TV comedy series ever produced. Acting of the highest quality throughout the series. Wonderful story lines. What more can you ask for.
Published 3 months ago by Jeff P
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic TV series
Bought as a present for my parents. They are very pleased with this. A classic of its time and lovely to see it again.
Published 5 months ago by A happy house wife
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage gentle comedy.
This was a present for my daughter who just about remembers this series the first time around.Needless to say we both enjoyed it enormously.
Published 6 months ago by bulfidle36
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid
An enjoyable trip down memory lane with a wonderful cast who take you to rural England for a charming and often hilarious half hour.
Published 7 months ago by Square Eyes
5.0 out of 5 stars classic Brit comedy
Well rendered on to dvd, we are enjoying it; some nuances we missed first time round, now jump off the screen.
Published 8 months ago by Andy Ell
5.0 out of 5 stars To The Manor Born - Complete BBC Box Set [DVD]
BRITISH COMEDY AT ITS BEST---ONLY THE REUNION WAS A BIT WEAK. PENELOPE KEITH IS SO GOOD AND WILL ALWAYS BE UP AMONGST THE GREATS.
Published 8 months ago by John Clayton
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