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To the Manor Born Audiobook
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To the Manor Born Audiobook



by Peter Spence

  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Release date: 10-22-20
  • Language: English

Penelope Keith stars in the much-loved sitcom about an aristocrat forced to part with her family home.

When her husband’s death leaves her financially strapped, Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton has no choice but to sell her beloved Grantleigh Estate. With butler Brabinger in tow, she decamps to the tiny Old Lodge cottage, where she keeps a close – and disapproving – eye on the new squire: the nouveau riche Richard DeVere, a wholesale food magnate of Czech descent. 

In these 10 episodes, Audrey attempts to educate the usurper in the ways of the Lord of the Manor – but as she tries to put DeVere in his place, she discovers he’s no pushover…. Will it be happy ever after for the indomitable aristocrat and the dashing, self-made millionaire? 

This classic comedy was originally intended for radio but was transferred to TV instead where it ran for three highly successful series between 1979 and 1981, attracting almost 25 million viewers for its final episode. The show finally returned home to Radio 2 in 1997, adapted by Peter Spence from his own TV scripts. Penelope Keith and Angela Thorne reprise their starring roles as Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton and Marjory Frobisher, with Keith Barron as Richard DeVere.

Production credits

Written and adapted by Peter Spence

Produced by Jane Berthoud

First broadcast BBC Radio 2, 25th January-29th March 1997


Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton – Penelope Keith

Richard DeVere – Keith Barron

Marjory Frobisher – Angela Thorne

Brabinger – Nicholas McArdle

Mrs Polouvicka – Margery Withers

Ned – Frank Middlemass

Mrs Plunkett/Podge Hodge – Zulema Dene

Dr Horton – Geoffrey Whitehead

Receptionist – Melanie Hudson

Mademoiselle Dutoit – Rula Lenska

PC Dottle – Kevin Eldon

Brigadier – Jonathan Adams

Additional information


Peter Spence




4 hrs and 58 mins

Narrated by

Angela Thorne, full cast, Keith Barron, Penelope Keith

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