To the Manor Born: Series 2
installment in this massively popular series starring Penelope Keith and
Peter Bowles, To the Manor Born is the tale of a "Lady of the Manor"
Audrey fforbes-Hamilton and her relationship with nearby neighbour
Richard DeVere as she struggles to cope with the fact that her life has
been altered somewhat dramatically. Originally aired in 1979, this is
the type of comedy that we dont really get to see too much of nowadays.
It was a gentler time for comedy where the humour was in the well
written scripts and didnt solely rely on crassness to get a cheap laugh.
The beauty of this
series was in how Audrey was so offended that Peter, a mere supermarket
chain owner could possibly buy and move into an area such as the one
that she lives in. Add to that the fact that he's bought her family
estate that she's had to sell in order to live and you are in for a lot
of laughs from this opinionated lady. When you take all that and add to
the fact that Peter is not even British then it just gets better and
better the whole way through.
Despite the initial encounters which leave a bit to be desired, it soon
becomes apparent that there is going to be an awkward relationship of
sorts that is very endearing. They have a delicious game of cat and
mouse in which you are just aching for them to get together. There are
only 6 episodes in the series spanning two discs, however you also get
the Christmas Special and some extras including filmographies and an
interview with writer Peter Spence that are well worth checking out.