To The Manor Born - BBC - 9/30/1979 - 11/29/1981
Sitcom (22 episodes)
Running Time: 30 minutes
- Penelope Keith - Audrey fforbes-Hamilton
- Peter Bowles - Richard DeVere
- Angela Thorne - Marjory Frobisher
- John Rudling - Brabinger
- Daphne Heard - Mrs. Maria Polounicka
- Michael Bilton - Old Ned
- Gerald Sim - the Rector
- Daphne Oxenford - Mrs. Patterson
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Watching Richard and Audrey being adorable on TTMB:
Having a To The Manor Born marathon- glorious Penelope Keith.
Show 2 of 2 in my West End weekend: Jeeves and Wooster Perfect Nonsense. I’m not sure you could get two plays that were more poles apart than this and Mojo: my dad (who didn’t come to see J & W with me) joked that the strongest language in it would be something along the lines of ‘jolly flip’. I’ve got to say that I do rather feel at home in the ’20s and I am appreciative of valets, as you know…
I don’t know if I expected the show to be so consistently funny. Really, there was hardly time to draw breath between laughing. It was a riot from start to finish. Stephen Mangan was the main reason I went and people might say he had the ‘least to do’ as Bertie, but I think he was tailor made for the role, with the exaggeration and enthusiasm. I did get a massive kick from seeing him on stage (and looking up to him, literally from where I was sitting). Pyjamas and dressing gown were a bonus (little bit gutted about the bath…).
Matthew Macfadyen was also a perfect Jeeves: reserved, reliable, the brains of the operation. As the straight man he was also suitably hilarious, particularly in his other roles - playing uncle and niece simultaneously was a highlight. I was close enough to see the sweat pouring from him - again, another really physical and fast paced show.
I didn’t know the guy who played Seppings (Mark Hadfield) but he was hilarious. Playing so many different characters was a sheer feat of endurance.
There were a few moments sprinkled in that seemed to be off the cuff or making the most of mistakes, but I love those parts. Particularly because Stephen is so skilled at improv, it was almost seamless. And it totally works in the show. Loved the slow-mo steal sequence, the walking to the different scenes (and going the other way) and especially the Charlestoning. I do love a man who can Charleston (and, oh, can Mangan Charleston - almost makes up for the loss of the beautiful curls!)
Though I went to the matinee, figured they would need to save their energy for the night show so popped back to the theatre (lucky to be based not too far away) in the evening and got lucky :))
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"I mean, if you’re asking a fellow to come out of a room so that you can dismember him with a carving knife, it’s absurd to tack a ‘Sir’ on to every sentence. The two things don’t go together."
—P. G. Wodehouse, Thank You, Jeeves
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