First Noel, To The Manor Born Christmas Special – 1979

Despite it’s huge popularity, there have only ever been two Christmas Specials for To The Manor Born and only one, the one we are going to look at here, was made during the series original run.  The second was the one off special, set some twenty five years later, screened in 2007.

However back in time we go to the end of series one, having being so well received, To The Manor Born got it’s own Christmas Special to bridge the gap until series two.


With the Fforbes-Hamiltons always providing the church’s crib, Audrey, Marjory and Old Ned, who is acting as Audrey’s butler while Brabinger is visiting his granddaughter, make a crib.  However, when they go to place it in the Church, Richard, having been asked by the Rector, has installed a brand new crib.  After an initial argument, both favour the other’s crib, but the Rector decides upon Richard’s.  On Christmas Day, Audrey and Marjory are both bored at the Lodge, having declined invitations to the Manor. Later in the day, an equally bored Richard and Mrs. Poo arrive at the Lodge, whereupon Audrey suggests they play Sardines.



Penelope Keith
Peter Bowles
Angela Thorne


Channel: BBC1
Series Created By:Peter Spence
Original Transmission Date: 25th December 1979


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