Penelope keith is audrey forbes hamilton in 19790's BBC classic sitcom to the manor born

To The Manor Born On The Radio ?

To The Manor Born Radio Series, 1997

Sixteen years after the original TV series came to an end, ten thirty minute episodes were broadcast on BBC Radio.

Despite the success of the TV version To The Manor Born had been intended for radio.  The ten episodes originally went out on a Saturday afternoon on Radio 2.  Of the ten six episodes were adapted from the TV version and four were especially written for the series.

Although Penelope Keith and Angela Thorne reprised their roles time had passed and many of the cast members had passed away.


Follows the same basic plot as it’s TV counterpart.

On the death of her husband Marton, Audrey Forbes-Hamilton believes she now has control over the Grantleigh Estate which her family the fforbes-Hamiltons have controlled for 400 years.  Her joy is short lived when her solicitor tells her Marton was bankrupt and that the estate will be auctioned.

After being outbid for the Manor Audrey moves to the lodge to keep an eye on the new Lord of the Manor Richard De Vere.

The series follows Audrey’s attempts to ensure the new lord runs the estate to her satisfaction.


As no clips of the radio series are available here’s a TV moment.





You can follow the radio series on BBC4 Extra Mondays or online


Penelope Keith – Audrey Forbes Hamilton
Angela Thorne – Marjory Frobisher
Marjery Withers – Mrs. Maria Polouvicka (Mrs Poo)
Keith Barron – Richard DeVere (Bedrich Polouvicek
Nichlas Mc Ardle – Brabinger
Frank Middlemass – Ned/Arnold Plunkett
Zulema Dene – Mts Plunkett
Jonathan Adams – Brigadier Lemington, OBE


Channel:BBC Radio 2
Written By: Peter Spence
Original Transmission Dates: 25th January – 29th March 1997