To the Manor Born - The Complete Series
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Follow the hilarious misadventures of the uppercrust but impoverished Audrey Forbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith), once Lady of Grantley Manor, and Richard Devere, the mysterious "common" millionaire who buys her ancestral Estate.]]>
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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.Read more ›
This dvd set contains all 21 episodes from the original 3 series plus the 25th Anniversary hourlong special.
Audrey fforbes-Hamilton's (Penolope Keith) husband has passed away (but she is really not mourning it). He has left her virtually penniless and she must save her family home (which she is mourning). The manor is sold to a self made foreign millionaire, Richard DeVere (Peter Bowles). While Audrey despises everything Richard stands for but there is definite sexual tension between them. With help of best friend Marjorie (Angela Thorne) and Richard's mother, Mrs. Poo (Daphhe Heard), Richard and Audrey will find happiness. The series finale ends with two happy endings (I won't spoil it but it will not surprise you.)
Jump 25 years later, it's the Dever's 25th Wedding Anniversary and Audrey is going to celebrate it in style but it is going to take everyone's effort to save the day and the town.
This is one of the best comedy series ever (British or American). It has witty writing, razor sharp direction and a perfect cast. Penelope Keith has proven to be one of Britan's great comic geniouses (she has had over half a dozen hit comedies.)
Just buy this set and just plan and laugh alot.
In the opening episode, the newly widowed Audrey is relishing the thought of being on her own without the husband she did not particularly care for. We learn in a later episode that the Forbes-Hamilton family has intermarried for generations and this might explain some of the peculiar behavior of Audrey and her Uncle who plays an important role in the last few episodes. Audrey soon discovers her now deceased husband kept a few secrets from her, such as the debt the estate had incurred using the "old" methods of managing an estate (keeping hedgerows for example). Devere buys Grantleigh at an auction, outbidding Audrey, who had secured a goodly amount from her relatives for the purpose of keeeping the estate "in the family".
After losing her home, we soon discover Audrey has taken up residence along with the ancient family butler Brabinger in the "lodge", a building on the estate just up the road from the manor house, where the hired help once lived.Read more ›
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Love the show, so far discs are working well. Has original episodes and special anniversary episode from 25 years later. Awesome show.Published 4 days ago by S Sutton
This was a good product although the case was broken upon receipt. However this happens as cases are flimsy.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
This has always been one of my favorite British comedies. I am really enjoying it!Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Contrived, of course, but Peter Bowles and Penelope Keith are funny and watchable.Published 1 month ago by G. Lawton
This is the story of a woman who lost her ancestral home because her husband died. Her family has lived in the manor for 400 years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Day Dreamer
Who can resist British humor and the innuendo and sparing that verbally goes on. Wish this was a much longer version because it is so good.Published 1 month ago by NL
This is a very good series and well done. It's been so many years since I saw it on tv, that I am noticing it's age as it doesn't move along as quickly as new shows, which isn't... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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