To The Manor Born - Complete BBC Box Set [DVD]
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Hot on the heels of her acclaimed success in The Good Life, Penelope Keith undertook a role that would further confirm her place as one of Britain s leading comic actors: the role of Audrey fforbes-Hamilton in To The Manor Born. The opening episode finds Audrey mourning the death of her husband, but more importantly mourning his inability to handle his financial affairs. Forced to sell her beloved Grantleigh Manor, she is equally distressed to find it bought by upstart businessman Richard De Vere, a man with no concept of the history or the valued place of the Estate in the community. Audrey must roll her sleeves up. It s time for the ex-Lady of the Manor to put the new Lord in his place or vice versa. Let the battle of wits commence! Now all three series, the Christmas Special and the 25th Wedding Anniversary Special are brought together for the first time in one complete collector s set. Incomparable riches await, as you are transported To The Manor Born. SPECIAL FEATURES Behind the Scenes with Cast & Crew Interviews Exclusive Interview with writer Peter Spence Cast Filmographies Subtitles
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Loved to watch this whole set over one week!!
Still brilliant after all these years!!
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very good gave it to Brother in law for Xmas kept him entertained for agesPublished 4 months ago by Dawn Stamp
What a slice of nostalgia!
Three series of the clash between money and breeding and the 25th anniversary special. Read more