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Secrets of the Manor House steps back in time 100 years to explore the roles of servants and masters and how the two roles go hand in hand in order for the large estates to operate properly and maintain the lavish lifestyle aristocrats lived. Secrets of the Manor House is an interactive documentary with actual people being placed in the respective role of an aristocrat with enormous wealth and power or as a servant whose entire identity is serving the aristocrats by working in the Manor House.

Viewers get a rich history lesson with Seccrets of the Manor House taking place in the early 1900s with the threat of World War I on the verge of beginning and the balance and future of Britain's culture shifting and on the edge great change.

PBS
1 Season, 6 Episodes
January 21, 2012
Documentary & Biography
7.4/10
Cast: Samuel West, Geoffrey Dymond, Emperor Franz Josef, Mary Gledhill
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  • Althorp, childhood home and final resting place of Princess Diana, is currently the home of Diana’s brother, Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer. Nineteen generations of Spencers have presided over this grand estate for more than 500 years. The Spencer dynasty has produced politicians, military heroes, dukes and duchesses and will one day furnish Britain with a king: Diana’s son, Prince William.

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  • A hundred years ago, the world of the British manor house was at its height. It was a world of luxury and privilege that has provided a majestic backdrop to a range of movies and costume dramas to this day, most recently in the popular MASTERPIECE "Downton Abbey." But what was really going on behind those stately walls? Find out when this program looks beyond fiction to the truth of the lives lived in these ancient British houses, and shows how mounting financial, political and social pressures were poised to bring momentous changes.

  • It may be more famous now than any time in its 1,300-year history as the setting of “Downton Abbey,” but England’s Highclere Castle has its own stories to tell. In its heyday, Highclere was the social epicenter of Edwardian England. See how all the inhabitants of Highclere lived, from the aristocrats who enjoyed a life of luxury to the army of servants toiling “below stairs.”

  • A hundred years ago, the world of the British manor house was at its height. It was a world of luxury and privilege that has provided a majestic backdrop to a range of movies and costume dramas to this day, most recently in the popular MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey.” But what was really going on behind those stately walls? Find out when this program looks beyond fiction.

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