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.

Series 2, Episode 4 is repeated on Drama today at 5:25pm.

Series 2, Episode 6

Richard plans a skiing holiday, but with his mother ill and Audrey having put her back out, will he ever leave? He's just got to learn how to ski first!


This episode is sometimes known by the unofficial title Vive Le Sport.

Broadcast details

Sunday 9th November 1980
30 minutes


  1. Wednesday 20th January 2021 at 5:25pm on Drama

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Penelope Keith Audrey fforbes-Hamilton
Peter Bowles Richard DeVere
Angela Thorne Marjory Frobisher
John Rudling Brabinger
Daphne Heard Mrs. Polouvicka
Michael Bilton Ned
Guest cast
Daphne Oxenford Mrs Patterson
John Gleeson Mr. Purvis
Celia Imrie Polly (Checkout Girl / Doctor's Receptionist)
Betty Tucker Mrs. Beecham
Manning Wilson Dr. Horton
Writing team
Peter Spence Writer
Christopher Bond Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Gareth Gwenlan Director
Gareth Gwenlan Producer

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