To The Manor Reborn

EIGHT more interviews yesterday, two Christmas films and it already feels like Boxing Day.
Among those I met up with was Life Begins and Have I Got News For You star Alexander Armstrong – known as Xander.
He’s among the cast members in ITV1’s big festive comedy drama, Christmas At The Riviera.
He also plays Audrey fforbes-Hamilton’s nephew Adam in the long-awaited one-off return of BBC1’s To The Manor Born.
A total of 21 episodes of the classic sitcom were screened between 1979 and 1981.
The Good Life star Penelope Keith played Audrey, with Peter Bowles as Richard DeVere and Angela Thorne as Marjory Frobisher.
Xander explained: “Adam has some sort of dodgy past that we don’t really know about.
“He’s come back and they’re going to try and make a farmer of him, so he’s working on the estate.
“He has a lovely time trying to flirt very hard with Angela Thorne’s character, Marjory.”

The Christmas special of To The Manor Born was filmed last Sunday at Pinewood Studios, in front of a live audience.
“That’s looking great,” he said.
“They’re such a great cast, that lot – those that are still alive are all in it.
“Penelope, Peter and Angela are just such amazing talents. They haven’t lost a thing over the intervening 26 years.
“It’s still sharp as you like. The comedy’s still great. It works.
“There hasn’t really been a comedy since, I think, that’s been set in that kind of rarified environment.
“There was a great worry, whenever it’s been mooted that To The Manor Born should be resuscitated and brought back.
“The proof is in the eating. The studio audience on Sunday night just loved it.
“They went for everything. Every gag they got.”
Xander was all smiles, with a second series of BBC1’s The Armstrong & Miller Show green lit for 2008.
In Christmas At The Riviera, he plays the philandering Rev Miles Rogers, with Anna Chancellor as wife Diane.
And fans of Ms Chancellor may see her on TV sooner than they think.
More on both Anna and Christmas At The Riviera on another day.
To The Manor Born

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