To The Manor Born. Image shows from L to R: Audrey fforbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith), Richard DeVere (Peter Bowles). Copyright: BBC.

To The Manor Born

BBC One sitcom about a manor house. 22 episodes (3 series), 1979 - 2007. Stars Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles, Angela Thorne, Gerald Sim and others.

To The Manor Born. Image shows from L to R: Richard DeVere (Peter Bowles), Audrey fforbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith). Copyright: BBC.

To The Manor Born

Riches-to-rags-to-riches romantic tale of Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, forced to sell her beloved stately home to pay off her late husband's debts

1979 - 2007
22   (3 series)
Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles, Angela Thorne, Gerald Sim, John Rudling, Daphne Heard and Michael Bilton
Peter Spence
Gareth Gwenlan
Gareth Gwenlan

Once wealthy Audrey fforbes-Hamilton is forced to sell her stately home to supermarket owner Richard DeVere. A millionaire of Czechoslovakian birth, DeVere has little idea of what is involved in living on, let alone running, a country estate. Audrey takes it upon herself to teach him 'nobility' whilst coming to terms with her own reduced status as his tenant.

As time passes, Richard is slowly trained up, but Audrey grows no more fond of her new-found position. When romance begins to blossom between the pair, it could be her best - and only - chance of getting back behind the front doors of Grantleigh.

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First broadcast
Sunday 30th September 1979 on BBC One at 8:45pm
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 25th December 2007 on BBC One at 9:30pm
Last repeat
Monday 2nd August 2021 at 6:40pm on Drama

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