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To The Manor Born: Series 2 - Episodes 1, 2 And 3 [VHS] [1979]

Penelope Keith , Peter Bowles    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles, Angela Thorne, Daphne Heard, John Rudling
  • Writers: Peter Spence
  • Format: VHS
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Acorn
  • VHS Release Date: 8 Aug 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004I9O2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,861 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

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Opening three episodes from the second series of the popular comedy. Audrey (Penelope Keith) is forced to cope alone when butler Brabinger falls ill, while Richard (Peter Bowles) creates unease at Grantley Manor when he brings in his pro-efficiency London farm manager. Audrey ceases her criticisms of Richard's new farming plans cease when she discovers that he could be in line for a knighthood, while the latter becomes concerned about the amount of poaching on the estate.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant! 3 Jan 2004
By A Customer
This has to be my favourite comedy program ever. I only saw one episode before I decided to buy the DVDs and they've definitely lived up to my expectations. The humour is excellent and the characters realistic. The storyline centres around Audrey fforbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith) who is forced to sell her beloved family estate after the death of her husband. To her horror it is bought by Richard DeVere (Peter Bowles) who, although terribly charming and handsome (not that she ever admits this), is head of a chain of supermarkets and even worse isn't English. That's all I'm saying but you can probably guess where it's going! Add Audrey's friend Margery Frobisher (Angela Thorne), Richard's mother Mrs Polouvicka (Daphne Heard) and Audrey's butler Brabinger (John Rudling) besides others and you have a hilarious comedy.
This DVD contains the entire second series and a special. Although each episode is self-contained there is a general storyline that streches over the whole three series, so if you're new to the program it's probably better to buy series 1 first. You couldn't have a better "Chapter 2" than this DVD though!
All in all it's worth more than 5 stars really! It might seem a little expensive but in my opinion worth every penny.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy Comedy 10 Sep 2001
Format:VHS Tape
What a fantastic buy! One of the classic Brit shows available to buy in one hit.
Recently widowed, Audrey fforbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith) is forced to leave to leave her home of Grantleigh Manor and it's estate when it becomes apparent that her deceased husband has left her bankrupt.
The Manor is bought by self-made millionaire and widower, Richard DeVere (Peter Bowles) who moves in with his mother and plans on using it as his business headquarters.
Audrey is true blue and is horrified to find out that the new owner is not from British descent, nor does he understand the ways of the countryside and what being, 'Lord of the Manor' entails.
Audrey is determined to get the Manor back and moves to the Old Lodge with her butler, Brabinger, and is near enough to her old home for her to 'spy' on the new owner and what he does.
What follows is a hilariously, sharp-witted comedy that focusses on the continuing battle of one-up-man-ship and blossoming romance between Audrey and Richard.
The series is excellent and has you laughing out loud all the time. An array of eccentric character's only add to the comedic value of the show.
Notable character's are, the elderly Brigadier who's so typically, 'British' and loves younger ladies and cricket.
Marjory Frobisher who is Audrey's best friend who likes Richard alot and tries to keep her friend from being too harsh on him.
And another great character is Richard's mother, Mrs. Polouviska or Mrs. Poo as she's better known, who is determined to act as matchmaker between her son and Audrey.
And then there's the Vicar, who due to his vocation can't be rude about Audrey but would dearly love to be.
If you enjoy watching razor-sharp wit rather than just seeing someone slip on a banana skin then this set is a must for your collection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some are born great, some achieve greatness... 4 Aug 2004
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:VHS Tape
'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 groundskeeper 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Great Great 5 Jun 2003
By Sammy
This is great - when are the others coming out on DVD.
The picture quality is fantastic, it's great to see the first series again.
I watched this as a child and the gags are funnier than ever watching them as an adult.
I highly recommend this and I can't wait for the others to be put on DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great series that survives with time, wonderful performances from good actors
Published 1 month ago by Lynn Dufty
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it !
I like the very typical and lovely English humour ! Also the performances of the actors are fantastic !
I'll recommend the series to my friends !
Published 4 months ago by erna de windt
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd
a great dvd to watch while relaxing with a cup of tea and a wee cake. dont get tv like this now
Published 7 months ago by ronald tomison
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic English television at it's very best
In spite of the age of this series, it's charm and amusement endures, the characters so achitypically English, and recalling an English way of life now almost gone.
Published 8 months ago by R. Goddard
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice
This was not one of the best-ever sitcoms, in my view, but it still makes enjoyable watching. The performances, as one would expect from actors of this calibre, cannot be faulted.
Published 13 months ago by MarkP
4.0 out of 5 stars To the Manor Born
Lovely DVDs. They are the kind of thing that you can pass a wet winters afternoon with quite happily, looking back with nostalgia to a more tranquil pace of life !
Published 16 months ago by Sandy Woodworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Penelope Keith
If you have not heard of Penelope Keith then you are in for big surise if you buy To The Manor Born. You will thoroughly enjoy this old series of English humour.
Published 16 months ago by Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class!!!
Absolutely delighted! ... such good value for money, giving many happy hours of viewing .. (in bed with headphones on)... :)
Published 17 months ago by Nanny McGregor
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted
I can watch this series over & over. Very entertaining & lighthearted. I hope the world of the English countryside shown in this series is still extant & preserved.
Published 17 months ago by sheri bedford
4.0 out of 5 stars to the manor born
I have not looked at all of the episodes but of what I've seen seemsto be what I would have expected. Amusing but dated.
Published 19 months ago by Audrey
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