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To the Manor Born: Silver Wedding Anniversary (2007) (DVD)

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What if you could go back to a favored film, TV series or fairy tale to see just what "happily ever after" really looked like? That's the delicious premise behind To the Manor Born: Silver Anniversary Special. The well-loved Brit-com, which aired from 1979-1981, ended with the marriage of the genteel but newly impoverished Audrey fforbes-Hamilton (the puckish Penelope Keith) and supermarket baron Richard DeVere, after many months of a peculiarly British off-kilter courtship. Fast-forward 25 years, when Audrey and Richard, who've settled nicely into their upper-crust existence, are planning their silver wedding anniversary celebration. The bons mots and barbs fly as though the decades had never ensued, and the characters are as cluelessly endearing as ever. And the humor, perhaps not for all tastes, is decidedly British: "You're a liar and a cheat!" exclaims Audrey to a passerby at one point. "I should have known it--you're from Czechoslovakia!" On the menu for the party, there's much clucking over the appropriateness of the planned quail and truffle terrine. Why? "Bird flu!" announces Audrey. But the actors are so enmeshed in their surroundings, they bring a well-worn comfort to their portrayals that creates a cozy environment to escape into--as inviting as a bay-window seat with boiled-wool blankies. Fans of the series will love to see how the actors have aged (gently) and how the characters haven't. The special "making-of" featurette is a particular delight, with all the actors chatting about considering returning to roles they thought were long wrapped up--and relating their delight in finding their chemistry with each other was just as crisp as it was in the jolly old days. Just right.--A.T. Hurley

Special Features

  • Special one-off episode to the classic comedy.
  • DVD extra, making of the featurette.

Product Details

  • Actors: Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles, Angela Thorne, Daphne Heard, John Rudling
  • Writers: Peter Spence
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B3LIP6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,459 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "To the Manor Born: Silver Anniversary Special" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

I watched this program many years ago on TV and even though it is now very dated, it still is quite funny and interesting.
Edony V. Elder
For those, like me, who bought the original series DVD box set, the producers have decided to be nice and release this special seperately.
Movie Mania
Without fail, they all really enjoyed the show, were glad it had been made and that they'd had the opportunity to watch it.
Anne Snashall

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Movie Mania VINE VOICE on July 27, 2008
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For those, like me, who bought the original series DVD box set, the producers have decided to be nice and release this special seperately. Thank-you!!!

For the most part, the gang is back. Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles and Angela Thorne return 25 years later for an hour Christmas special. It's Audrey and Richard's silver wedding anniversary and the couple prepare to celebrate in style. However, something is about to disturb life at the estate and Audrey, with the help of her old friend Marjorie, has to rescue 400 years of history. She also has to defend a community and save her marriage at the same time.

This show has not been shown on American TV (maybe this year on BBC America or PBS.) But if you cannot wait, buy the dvd! What is amazing that everyone is still around.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William G. Troiano on September 13, 2008
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This new episode was truly a delight! It was like a reunion of old friends who have not seen each other for years, but once reunited all time between seems to have vanished and it was only yesterday. The sets and use of the manor house interior were handled very well, like any home would change through the years. The actors lost none of their magic and had the same repoir as they had all those years ago. They handled the absense of Mrs. Poo and Bravenger extremely well and they were mentioned, although they had passed away. Those who already have the entire series appreciate that this episode has been made available by itself.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Living Simply on July 20, 2010
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This was a sad ending to an otherwise-wonderful series. I mean SAD - I couldn't even bring myself to give it to my parents, for whom the DVD was originally bought since they adored the original series, to view; it went straight to resale.

Please understand: this series was the first VCR set I ever attempted to purchase, and I've worn out the tapes watching them over and over again because of the many facets that made the recordings great.

What possessed Keith and Bowles to give in to the making of this "special" with the writing and the directing offered is a mystery to me. It was an amateur fabrication with an obvious plot lacking the timing and the character-appropriate approach of the original production, contrived to meet the Silver Anniversary criterion only. Even worse, it gave cameo appearances to two of the remaining original characters that were ridiculously patronizing considering the amount of line(s) given them.

I'm not even going to read the others' reviews, since people are giving this four- and five- stars. Me'thinks the reviewers are like me, sentimentally longing for more of the greatness that is normally a Keith and Bowles performance set in a traditional British background.

With apologies to the four returning stars: please don't buy this DVD - you'll not get tears of laughter but of regret for these perennial performers for not being given a more mature group of experts to make this idea actually work into something worthwhile for everyone involved.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Alphs on September 23, 2008
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"You are cordially invited to celebrate the silver wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Richard DeVere." "To the Manor Born Siver Wedding Anniversary" takes us once again to the Grantleigh Estate, this time to celebrate the silver wedding anniversary of Richard DeVere and Audrey fforbes-Hamilton. As Richard and Audrey are making surprise party plans for each other, Richard's long kept secret comes out into the open.Where upon Audrey leaves him and Grantleigh Manor to return to "the lodge" which is now occupied by old school chum, Marjorie until things blow over. From here we have the classic comedy of Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles and Angela Thorne written brillantly by Peter Spence and directed by Gareth Gwenlyn. On a sad note many of the series character actors have passed on, John Rudling as Brabinger, Daphne Heard as Mrs. Polovicka, Micheal Bilton as Old Ned, and Anthony Sharp as Brigadier Lemington.
In the end true love does prevail Audrey and Richard style of course and the couple celebrate their silver wedding anniversary amongst family, friends and a new addition to the family, Bertie II.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ronnrickett on August 11, 2008
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I am so very excited to see this reunion special.
For longtime fans of this series it's the best present ever.
To new fans, well, watch the original series from the beginning and you'll soon understand why the rest of us are thrilled to see these characters once more.
Penelope Keith can do no wrong in my book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Parsley on April 9, 2009
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I expected the same quailty of humor in the amicable tension that occured between the main characters in the original series (circa late 1970's). I was disapointed. While the 25th anniversary special was enjoyable and I DO NOT reget purchasing it, I wasn't as pleased with the comedic situations in which the characters were placed. Rather than appearing to be a natural consequence of the character's circumstances, the tension between the main chacters (Audry and Richard) in this 25th anniversary special seemed contrived; therefore, the comedy was less satisifying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By william shephard on September 30, 2008
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Brought back memories. Watched the early episodes on PBS and hoped this would continue the kind of fun we enjoyed then. It was a great ending to a long, entertaining, experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 28, 2009
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If you have not seen the full 3-year series, then I recommend buying the complete set. See my review of "To the Manor Born-The Complete Collection" which includes the Silver Anniversary Edition. It's all a 5-star.

This Silver Wedding Anniversary segment was done in the style of the original series created in 1979 through 1981. Even the canned laughter is included, as was done in typical fashion for BBC and USA television back then. Not true for theater films. So, the canned laugh addition to the more modern Silver Anniversary segment, just makes it fit so well after watching the previous 20 episodes and the Christmas special. It's all included in the Complete Collection. So unless you already own the original portions, buy it all and start from the beginning. You'll have a long hilarious time of it, promise.

This disc has English subtitles (SDH), a plus for some while watching British television.
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