Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
Today we will be looking at a show that was a big hit at the end of the seventies that the BBC brought it back for a special in the noughties – To The Manor Born
Opening Titles / Theme Tune
About the Show
Summary of Plot
Audrey fforbes-Hamilton is sad when her husband dies but is shocked when she realises that she has to leave Grantleigh Manor where her family has lived forever. The new owner is Richard De Vere, owner of a major supermarket chain. Audrey makes sure she’s on hand to keep an eye on him by buying The Old Lodge on the edge of the Manor grounds. As time goes by both Richard and Audrey realises that they are falling for each other but both are too shy to do anything about it. -IMDb
Number of Seasons / Episodes
Penelope Keith – Audrey
Peter Bowles – Richard DeVere
Angela Thorne – Marjory Frobisher
Daphne Heard – Mrs. Polouvicka
+The final episode held the record until 1996 for the biggest-ever audience for a single programme on British TV, with an audience of over 27 million viewers. The record was broken 15 years later by the series Only Fools and Horses…. (1981) with 27.6 million viewers.
+ Originally written by Peter Spence as a pilot for BBC Radio in 1968 starring Penelope Keith and Bernard Braden.
+ Angela Thorne’s husband Peter Penry-Jones played Julian Gayforth in the final two episodes, as an opponent of Richard DeVere at Cavendish Foods.
Horses and Surprises