Manor House 1 Season 2002

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5. Days of Empire TV-PG CC

From PBS - In episode five, events are being organized at Manderston to celebrate the British Empire's colonial prowess and success.

Starring:
Tristan Aldrich, Avril Anson
Runtime:
55 minutes
Original air date:
May 21, 2002

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Product Details

Genres Reality TV, Documentary
Starring Tristan Aldrich, Avril Anson
Supporting actors Ellen Beard, Charlie Clay, Rob Daly, Jean Davies, Antonia Dawson, Denis Dubiard, Hugh Edgar, Derek Jacobi, Eva Morrison, Anna Olliff-Cooper, Guy Olliff-Cooper, John Olliff-Cooper, Jonty Olliff-Cooper, Reji Raj, Erika Ravitz, Jessica Rawlinson, Ken Skelton, Rebecca Smith
Season year 2002
Network PBS
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I really like learning about the different things people go thought.
theresa treadaway
I love history and I thought it was interesting to see modern day people go 'back in time' and try to live the way our ancestors did!
kelley wright
The "Upstairs Downstairs" programs of the 1980s were true to reality; "Downton Abbey" is not.
Charlotte Duncan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Bardamu on December 15, 2013
I think most negative reviews for this program come from a misunderstanding of the project.
It's not meant to be a realistic depiction of Edwardian life, but a reflection on it. That's why they chose ordinary people rather than actors. The point is to see how our modern sensibilities and ideals clash with Edwardian standards of living. And indeed, this was the most interesting part of the show--seeing how the servants found it so hard to accept the inequalities and rigid codes of conduct, while the lord and lady so easily took to oppressing the servants and living indolent, purposeless lives. By the end of the show, their attitudes were really appalling, and I'm guessing they won't be too pleased when they watch the show and see how they come off.
Regardless of the rebelliousness of the cast, the show still provided historical education. The voiceovers that accompanied the action conveyed a great deal of information about the realities of Edwardian life--better, in fact, than some documentaries on the period.
While, from a pure entertainment standpoint, the show did sometimes drag, and the characters did get annoying, Manor House is both an interesting social experiment and a good source of knowledge about the period.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By K.C. on August 15, 2013
I enjoy Upstairs Downstairs type dramas and was interested in a realistic look at the early 20th century. In this series, one family takes the role of the wealthy family living in a manor house for 3 months. 12 volunteers become their servants. They all live as close as possible to the rules of that time. This was very interesting because the participants bring 21st century views into the 1914 lifestyle. It is a difficult adjustment for most of the them. A former servant's visit and stories about relatives that were in service add authenticity. For me, the series brought to life the unique struggles of the different social statuses in that society. It also made me consider that many of the "freedoms" and "rights" of today were not available to everyone just 100 years ago.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J Parker on October 14, 2013
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Lovers of Downton Abbey should really watch this series. I first saw it when it was initially broadcast, and remembered bits and pieces of it when I was watching Downton Abbey -- it really helped fill in some of the gaps that I might otherwise have left open. In contrast, my wife had not seen it, and I was frustrated that I could not expose her to Manor House sooner. Now that it is finally available again, we have both watched (and enjoyed) the series, and I would now like to re-watch Downton Abbey from the beginning, now that the background provided in Manor House is clearer in my mind.

The only thing I think is really missing from Manor House is a round table retrospective done a few months after, to let the family and "downstairs staff" talk about their experiences with each other and gather further insight on how both interpreted their experiences after having returned to the present.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Iris on August 21, 2013
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I was drawn in by this project. There is so much history and information given. I was somewhat disgusted by the way some of the participants acted. It shows how very spoiled we are in this day and age by all the conveniences that we have. It caused me to look at my own life to see what my work ethic is and if I am really appreciative of all that I have at my disposal.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By FlyWithMe on October 22, 2013
This show is flawed by one thing the participants had nothing to lose, thereby rendering the Master, Mistress and upper staff ineffectual. Now had each member of staff been offered 5000 Pounds/$ for the successful completion of the full time of the show. With the stipulation that if they quit or were fired they would receive nothing and the full 5000 would be offered to their replacement regardless of time left for the show even if it was one day. This way the staff would not be so quick to disobey or rebel and would react more like staff in Edwardian times. This would also reinstate some power to the family and the upper staff giving them the power to control and or fire people more realistic to the time. As is this show is a farce, of course labor is gonna bitch when the only consequence is they will go back to an easy life with modern conveniences. Interesting concept, execution just not well thought out to render a more truthful look at the times.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anna Wilson on September 21, 2013
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Some of the participants in this reality show are annoying, but overall it is good. Very informative about the Edwardian times. This is a very interesting concept for a reality show.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AmandaKay Mazurkiewicz on July 30, 2014
It is summed up best by a member of the "volunteers" in the last episode what this experiment can be categorized as.

"While the servants put up with a lot of hardship to live as Edwardians, Sir John failed to play by his own rules during the project." -Narrator

"Mr. John, because I can't really call him "Sir," really. This man, he's very much a disgrace for the... for all the bon vivant of the that time. This man's not actually a bon vivant at all. He's a 21st century fake!" -Volunteer

This quotation hits the nail on the head because it clearly emphases the point of this shows experiment, to fake Edwardian life where men ruled their homes, women did as they were told and the servants took on the roles of parents and slaves as the same time. Sir John in his role refused in some aspects to live by the rules of the Edwardian life for himself, because he objected morally and physically to the ways of Edwardian life, yet he expected his servants to live the life purely without complaint and he punished those who refused the rules. Of course in Edwardian times a Lord ruled in his own home and as a Nouveau Riche Lord his lack of decorum in allowing himself privileges and exceptions to etiquette would have been socially accepted on the face of it, gossiped about by his fellow Lords & Ladies and scoffed at all at once by most everyone but himself. As the show progressed the man playing "Sir" John slipped into a socially prescribed Lordship over his servants to such a disturbing degree that it seemed as though he truly believed his own play acted Edwardian ideas. "A smiling maid, is a happy maid." was his response to a question of how he believed his staff -enjoyed- the work.
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