Saturday, December 08, 2012

To the Manor Reborn

There is a new show about to start, featuring Penelope Keith, from To the Manor Born. The new show is called The Manor Reborn. It is not a comedy but more a lifestyle show.

I have seen the promotions for the show and Penelope Keith barely looks any older than she did The Good Life or To the Manor Born.

The Good Life dates to 1975 and To the Manor Born dates to 1979.

So how come Penelope Keith doesn't look any older in 2011 that she did back then? Thirty plus years and she has barely aged?

One of my favourite lines in To the Manor Born was from Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, 'Democracy is all very well, but why give it to the people?'

If you are interested, The Daily Express has some information on what she has been doing for the last thirty years.

15 comments:

  1. I lived in Britain during the early-middle 1970s, and although there was the terrible oil-shock that kept us freezing each winter, the tv was terrific. The Good Life was an absolute favourite!

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    1. Paint the picture Hels. Were you in tiny rooms, with heating pipes that did not work well, huddled over small black and white tv?

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  2. Colin4:51 pm

    Audrey fforbes-Hamilton in "To the Manor Born" and all her appearances, like "The Good Life" are sheer gems. I have both DVD's.
    The best is her rendition of that "ditty" of Christmas - "The Twelve days of Christmas".
    I don't know how to operate it.
    It is here or somewhere????
    http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=496759
    An absolute classic.

    And this, I once had it but it went when I had the PC "hiccups".

    http://www.themouthpiece.com/vb/archive/index.php/t-11205.html

    Maybe you can get them to work? If so please send it to my e-mail address, thanks.

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    1. Colin, links will be examined in harsh daylight. I have heard her christmas ditty.

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    2. Colin8:21 am

      Andrew
      Well I hope you are successful.
      I once had a CD of it, but like most things when moving it has got lost. Also I recall that around Christmas time, radio stations would play it quite often.
      I have searched high and low for the CD and on the internet to find it without success. Maybe if Diane reads this TOH who is a whiz at finding such things may come to the rescue???

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    3. I have now tried Colin and I am very surprised that it is not readily to be found. I have heard it but not recently.

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    4. Colin9:07 am

      Damn! Bloody damn!
      Well I will have to blame Mme QLD FLAUNT, she would not like anyone like Audrey fforbes-Hamilton!
      The class of Audrey would always beat the "arse" of Mme QLD FLAUNT!

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  3. She has aged a little, there are more frown lines between the eyes, but apart from that she does look pretty good. Doing what you love helps to keep you young.

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    1. River, I was surprised. Maybe my view will change once I see her on tv tomorrow night.

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  4. An interesting article, Andrew.

    And thanks to Colin - I didn't find the 12 days of Christmas with Penelope Keith on YouTube, but had a lovely time anyway.

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    1. FC, PK's rendition is quite good, but I know very well what it is like to lost in You Tube.

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  5. I'll have to keep my eyes open for this one Andrew, loved the other two so hopefully this one will keep the standard up oui!

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    1. Grace, I think it begins tonight.

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  6. That aired on the BBC earlier this year - Sapphire and I loved it - they work with the National Trust to renovate an old manor that will be accessible to the public, even as far as being able to touch and use things.

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    1. Kath, sometimes shows like this arrive with so much promise but end up disappointing, so good that you enjoyed the show.

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