To the Manor Born

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To the Manor Born

Season 1 (1981)

British sitcom, starring Penelope Keith as Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, an upper-class woman forced to adapt to changing circumstances following the death of her husband. She has to swap her ancestral home, Grantleigh Manor, for the 'Old Lodge' at the end of the drive, where she lives as a tenant with her elderly butler Brabinger (John Rudling). She develops a love-hate relationship with self-made millionaire Richard De Vere (Peter Bowles), the new owner of Grantleigh Manor. As the series progresses, Audrey reprimands De Vere for not fulfilling his duties as lord of the manor when he fails to attend church on Sunday; De Vere moves his grocery business to the manor; and neglects to invite Audrey to the annual Hunt Ball, so she plans a socially acceptable revenge.

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Season 2

In the first episode, DeVere hires a farm manager, while Audrey adjusts to her new role as housekeeper. As the series continues, an old school friend of Audrey's comes to visit, but is unaware of her former classmate's change of circumstances; Audrey finds herself under suspicion after a valuable piece of DeVere's antique china mysteriously disappears; and a tramp makes his annual visit to Grantleigh Manor.

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Season 3

The series opens with Audrey berating Richard for his lack of generosity when he refuses to sponsor a charity event raising funds for the scout hut. As the series continues, Audrey leads locals in a rally against the proposed closure of the village's railway station; a massive Rolls-Royce repair bill forces Audrey to revert to real horse power; and Marjory resolves to protect a rare bird nesting on the estate.

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