Manor House

Manor House

DVD - 2003
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Reality television program which places contemporary people into the roles of people of various classes in an English Edwardian country house.
Publisher: [Alexandria, VA] : PBS Home Video, [2003], c2002.
ISBN: 9780780642652
0780642651
9780793696475
079369647X
Branch Call Number: 941.0823
PN1992.8.R43 M36 2003
942.0823 M317p
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 6 hrs.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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JCLAshleyF May 31, 2017

If you liked Downton Abbey or Upstairs Downstairs then you should definitely checkout Manor House. A social experiment that puts modern British people in the shoes of their Edwardian ancestors and watches as they experience what their lives would have looked like.

If you like Manor House then also checkout Frontier House and Colonial House.

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firefly5
Apr 07, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this series. I liked the butler very much and thought he portrayed the roll of butler very well. I do not think I would have wanted to live in Edwardian times and I certainly would not want to be one of the servants. With the exception of the Lady's Maid the female staff was invisible to the Master and Mistress of the house. Good times for the rich, not so good for the working poor.

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IV27HUjg
Apr 16, 2016

I found myself talking to the film & not in very nice terms. If one only watches the first & last episodes, with patience & an open mind, it's quite a history lesson. What kept ringing in my mind was knowing the historical lesson, the actuality of events, by the ending I must admit I felt close to depression & tears.

This being the 100 year remembrance of the Great War & how the effect was totally life-altering globally may be lost on many - unfortunately.

I nearly loathed Sir John, even the person playing the part & have extremely unkind words for him. The wife & the little ---- of 10, well I can't even go there.

The people playing the servants were so clueless in the beginning & I felt must have walked away with lessons that will serve them well in the 21st C.

So very few now even give a second thought to life of early 1910 or even 50 years ago.

xaipe Mar 17, 2016

This is one of the most fascinating programs I have seen recently. I've always wanted to go back in time and see what it was really like live in a manor house like Downton Abbey. This program had so much to offer, as entertainment, education, and seeing how people of different classes interacted with one another. You don't see much quality programming on television, so this was a welcome treat. A success formula: take people from the 21th century and rules from 1904 and bring them together. It must have been an amazing adventure for the participants to live in that beautiful country house and live by the rules of that time period. You can see what the staff has to do every day from 6 AM until 11 PM and what the different tasks are for the various staff members. You will feel increasing sympathy for the staff, and in the last episode it's very emotional when everyone leaves to resume their 21st century lives. The characters were excellent: Kenny the hapless hall boy, Monsieur Dubiard, the quintessential French chef, and Sir John a modern man who became an absolute Edwardian tyrant. Best of all was Mr. Edgar. He was so real as an Edwardian butler that it felt as though they had lifted him right out of the time period. An antidote to those missing Downton Abbey.

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mrs_ferguson
Aug 26, 2014

An interesting series about how 21st century people adapt to Edwardian life. Not sure I would survive as a servant.

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Fionaenzo
Aug 31, 2013

i had seen a couple of episodes years ago but they were out of conext. seeing this as the frustration and exhaustion built for the lower level workers boiled over, was amazing. wonder if they ever got the family with kids to visit again with the workers later on. they truly were oblivious to their suffering although they did give lip service. tutor was a ver interesting character. lovedthe chef!!!! thank heaven for women's suffrage and worker's rights!! uworker's unions gave us weekends! great selection of people for these roles -- so sincere in each person's exploration.

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Bookworm39
May 07, 2012

Very good. It show how people, especially the lower class in the Early 1900's had to work , very hard and long hours. The Participants in this film were very good and I missed them when it was over.

deaans Jan 01, 2012

This is 'Upstairs Downstairs' come to life. A must see for anyone who has every dreamed of living in the early 1900s. It's a real eye opener for how hard life was back then, even for the wealthy!

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shelikes2read
Nov 30, 2011

After watching Frontier House I found Manor House. The dynamics in the 2 series were quite different. I enjoyed both and almost wished they could have mixed up the roles half way through, just to give everyone a taste of the good life. But the families had enough trauma without such added muddle.

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reviewer
Feb 03, 2008

Plodding reality show in which contemporary Brits volunteer to act the roles of servants & masters in an Edwardian manor. The production values seem primitive by today's standards, but the main problem is that the participants just aren't very articulate or interesting. I only lasted through the first 20 or 30 minutes before shutting it off.

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