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.

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Series 1, Episode 4

Audrey is shocked to see a perfectly good and very old fireplace thrown out by Richard, despite the fact that she never liked it herself. She's also more than a little agitated by the apparent unfairness of her new position in life...


This episode is sometimes known by the unofficial titles The Fireplace and Nation's Heritage.

Broadcast details

Sunday 21st October 1979
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Penelope Keith Audrey fforbes-Hamilton
    Peter Bowles Richard DeVere
    Angela Thorne Marjory Frobisher
    John Rudling Brabinger
    Daphne Heard Mrs. Polouvicka
    Guest cast
    Michael Ripper Trotter
    Daphne Oxenford Mrs Patterson
    Jayne Lester Linda
    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
    Ronnie Hazlehurst Composer

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