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To the Manor Born

3 Seasons
Writer and creator Peter Spence originally intended To the Manor Born for radio. Instead, BBC brass decided on a half-hour television version which began its three-year run in September 1979. Spence based the series on a widow who sold her Cricket St. Thomas estate to a businessman. Some of the scenes were filmed inside the estate, known in the sitcom as Grantleigh Manor, which lent the show an authentic upper-crust atmosphere. In the series, uppity widow Audrey fforbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith) sells her ancestral home to settle her late husband's debts. She is shocked to learn the new owner, Richard DeVere (Peter Bowles) rose from poverty to become a "nouveau riche" supermarket king -- even more surprising, his English accent and manners belie his Czechoslovakian background. Audrey moves to the nearby Grantleigh Manor Lodge, a convenient location where she can watch Richard and the estate. Richard soon learns his new neighbor is an adversary determined to dictate the "lord of the manor"'s expected duties and customs. His desire to modernize the manor often clashed with her notions of tradition -- what ignited their sparks was not just anger, but romantic tension. Whether their battles were of the sexes, class differences, city vs. country lifestyles, or all of the above, nearly every episode featured a cat-and-mouse game in which one tried to outsmart the other. As Audrey and Richard became better acquainted, the intensity of their arguments decreased and their mutual attraction grew; Audrey began to accept Richard's adaptation to upper-class country life and he more appreciated her old-fashioned ways. Other regular cast members included Audrey's longtime friend Marjory Frobisher (Angela Thorne), Richard's mother Mrs. Polouvicka (Daphne Heard), Brigadier Lemington (Anthony Sharp), Audrey's butler Brabinger (John Rudling), the estate handyman Ned (Michael Bilton), village shopkeeper Mrs. Patterson (Daphne Oxenford), and the church rector (Gerald Sim). The 21-episode series ended in 1981 with Audrey and Richard's wedding; 24 million people watched the finale. To The Manor Born later aired worldwide and on American PBS stations. In 1997, BBC Radio 2 broadcast ten To the Manor Born radio plays, six TV episode adaptations and four new stories starring Penelope Keith and Angela Thorne as Audrey fforbes-Hamilton and Marjory Frobisher and Keith Barron as Richard DeVere.
1979 TVPG Comedy, Other

The Old Guys

2 Seasons
A British sitcom about two aging delinquents and housemates, one of whom is an aging baby boomer and the other a pensioner with a grandiose belief in his own intellect.
2009 TVPG Comedy, Other

How to Marry a Millionaire

2 Seasons
The man-hunting adventures of three single roommates in New York who are out to capture rich husbands. Based on the 1953 movie that starred Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall.
1957 Comedy, Other

Harry and the Hendersons

3 Seasons
The life of a sociable Sasquatch who lives with a family in Seattle and is big on mixing with the locals (including baseball's Ken Griffey Jr.). Based on the 1987 movie.
1991 Fantasy, Comedy, Other

They Came from Outer Space

1 Season
Two teenage brothers from the planet Crouton land in California and hit the road in a '57 Corvette to see America (and its beautiful women).
1990 Comedy, Other

Life With Elizabeth

2 Seasons
Comic vignettes (three per show) about a young woman and her junior-exec husband. Betty White not only was the star but was the series' co-creator and co-producer as well, an accomplishment rare in the early 1950s. 'Elizabeth,' White's first comic role on TV, debuted on a local station in Los Angeles in 1952.
2014 TVG Comedy, Other

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