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 3, Episode 4

With the discovery of a rare bird on the Grantleigh estate, the locals swing into action in order to protect the species from meddling twitchers. Audrey's less keen to help, but can she be persuaded?


This episode is sometimes known by the unofficial titles Birds Vs. Bees and A Rare Bird.

Broadcast details

Sunday 8th November 1981
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
Daphne Heard Mrs. Polouvicka
Michael Bilton Ned
Guest cast
Daphne Oxenford Mrs Patterson
Anthony Sharp Brigadier Lemington
Charles Kay Cadwallader
Arnold Peters Senior Twitcher
Writing team
Peter Spence Writer
Christopher Bond Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Gareth Gwenlan Director
Gareth Gwenlan Producer

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