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.

25th Anniversary Special is repeated on Drama on Monday 25th November at 2am.

Series 1, Episode 1

Following the death of her husband, Audrey fforbes-Hamilton discovers that their large country estate is almost bankrupt, and is told that she has no option other than to sell up.


This episode is sometimes known by the unofficial titles Losing Grantleigh Manor and Grantleigh.

Broadcast details

Sunday 30th September 1979
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Penelope Keith Audrey fforbes-Hamilton
    Peter Bowles Richard DeVere
    Angela Thorne Marjory Frobisher
    Gerald Sim The Rector
    John Rudling Brabinger
    Guest cast
    Jonathan Elsom J. J. Anderson
    Dennis Ramsden Arnold Plunkett
    Writing team
    Peter Spence Writer
    Christopher Bond Writer (Additional Material)
    Production team
    Gareth Gwenlan Director
    Gareth Gwenlan Producer
    John Dunstan Editor
    Ian Rawnsley Production Designer

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