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Does the rigid and confined world of the early nineteenth century have something to teach the young of today who are looking for love? Following the success of Manor House and Colonial House, Regency House Party gives 10 men and women - all genuinely looking for love - the chance to go back to the England of the early 1800s and live in the age of romance. The ten singles all spend nine weeks living together as they would have 200 years ago.

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  • Actors: Richard E. Grant, Chris Gorell Barnes, Lisa Braund, Hayley Conick, Elizabeth Devonport
  • Directors: Tim Carter
  • Producers: Caroline Ross-Pirie, Emma Willis, Helen Hawken
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000679NFU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,704 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Regency House Party" on IMDb

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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By C. Reaves on April 15, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I caught about 15 minutes of the second or third episode a few months ago and just knew I'd never keep up with viewing the show (and I really wanted to watch it from its begining) so I've been planning on buying the DVD ever since. I'm so glad I finally did!

The 'players' in this history re-inacting "reality dating show" drama are people from modern England who agreed to play 'themselves as they might have been during the Regency'. They were given a summary of 'themselves' to go by. For example, in reality, the Countess is an actual countess who works in a coffee shop - at the House Party, she is a countess who is trying to cover up the fact that she has no money. The 'players' (I can't think of them as "contestants") play this 'game' in a sort of blurring of fantasy and reality - to the point, I believe, where they were reacting quite naturally as a Regency-era person and less like a modern-minded person.

The transition from modern-England to Regency-England was rough for many of the 'players' and they supported each other through the trials. Many hearts were touched and broken or bruised throughout the process and it was quite facinating to watch, even without the added bonus of doing so in Regency costume.

Fans of Regency (or Edwardian or Victorian) England or just history buffs should enjoy this show for what it is. I, being a huge fan of Jane Austen (particularly "Pride and Prejudice"), was used to the methods of speech and manner and had a grand ol' time.

My mother, who is more of a reality show fan than a history or lit enthusiast, lost interest not even halfway through the first episode. If you have no interest or even basic knowledge of the time period, I'm not sure you'd enjoy it, even if you love reality/reality dating shows.
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52 of 63 people found the following review helpful By CaterpillarGirl VINE VOICE on February 12, 2007
Format: DVD
I have watched all of the PBS "house" series. The 1900 house, colonial house, frontier house, 1940's house, and Manor House, For some reason i am a sucker for ripping away modern Convieniances from poor helpless people and plunking them smack dab in the middle of chamberpots and candles. This installment in the series, Regency House Party, is a 6 hour frustrating repetitive anti climatic mess. Five men and Five women are given status in the house based on thier real life families and jobs, we are supposed to see them form relationships and than agree or disagree to a "fake" marriage, The goal of the women is to marry rich, and marry up, the goal of the men is to bag a good breeder, preferably marry for money and stuff thier trousers. I suppose we are meant to observe how frustrating it was for women back then, stuck with strict chaperones confined to the house, never to jump and run about with the men, oh its so unfair that they are to have "lots of babies" and "one in three" will die in childbirth. One of them decides that instead of being a "baby machine" she will become a "courtesan"...a prostitute, because thats so much better and its "her" choice. yep Syph, starvation, and millions of abortions is my kind of life. I would have taken the 1 in 3 bet.
None of these people, not one really got what it was all about. The men were too busy trying to seduce chaperones, out drink eachother, and oggle all the pushed up busoms they seriously didnt care about marrying these women, even if it was fake. The women were too busy complaining about the lack of feminine hygiene, and how they had to be chaste, and how it was ultimately boring being them.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ellie on July 21, 2006
Format: DVD
Ya gotta love any show that includes a man arising from bed in the middle of the night to make a huge "B Happy" sign (out of hay and rose petals) on the lawn to cheer up a young lady. Romantic gestures like that one, as well as having servants sneak love notes into the room of your amour, arranging a fireworks display, and reenacting the naval battle of Trafalgar happen aplenty in his entry in the historical "House" series, and I found it enchanting.

I felt that most of the volunteers genuinely did their best to put aside their modern personas and to react and behave as they would have in 1811. Of course there were some jarringly anachronistic displays of swearing, inappropriate flirtations and young girls sneaking off for secret rendezvous with men. But all in all, up until the last night (when the chaperones had gone), the modern young men and women did a fine job of behaving as was expected of them. As luxurious as their surroundings were, it couldn't have been easy to spend nine weeks using a chamber pot, having one bath a week, or sitting for three hours at the dinner table during those hot summer nights wearing elegant but stifling clothes.

I would like to have seen the DVD include a special features section with an aftermath, or update, of the participants. I would especially love to know what became of Jeremy Glover, who played the Naval Captain elevated to the peerage. I felt that he deserved considerably better than to be "settled for" by anyone. Also, I'm curious as to whether Mr. Foxsmith found happiness at last.
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