I immediately agreed to play her, opposite Bernard Braden as the American. I'd been sent loads of scripts since starting The Good Life, but all were a pale imitation. He thought it was too ordinary to have a rich American in the manor, so it was decided to make him eastern European. I was asked to start filming in two months. The radio pilot was recorded, but never aired. I loved it because we had to do all our own stunts. I am a country girl at heart, and I got to ride horses again, to learn about bee keeping, to drive a two-tonne Rolls-Royce with impossible gears; I scaled a five-bar gate with a picnic hamper to flee a bull.
The worst part was the cold. We always seemed to be outside in late winter: Angela Thorne, who played Marjory Frobisher , and I would be huge with woolly layering. In one scene, I had to drive a horse and carriage through a rainstorm. It was a glorious day, so the fire brigade was brought in to spray water; the sensible horse flatly refused to trot through this peculiar downpour. My character had a beagle who was fine on location, but in the studio he mostly had to lie in his basket.
He would only do this if fed treats, which meant he grew visibly fatter. After shooting the location scenes we would rehearse for a week, then film in the studio in front of a live audience. This gave the performances an extra edge, although even in a studio the unpredictable could happen. Once the butler, Brabinger, had to stick his head up into a fireplace to check for a blockage.
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An over-zealous prop man had stuck an enormous amount of soot up the chimney and John Rudling, who played him, was covered from head to foot. I always thought Margot Leadbetter would be a difficult role to follow, but I loved playing someone with such a strong sense of humour. Angela and I would often be sent off for giggling. But I think the strength of the series was that it was, essentially, a love story. None of us had any input because the scripts were already written and the schedules were tight.
Still, there came a point when I said we would have to stop teasing the audience; I insisted that Audrey and Richard got together. I hadn't worked in the theatre for over a decade. In desperation, I went to church and prayed for a role. I chose one of the plays and turned the sitcom down.
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The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store. Only When I Laugh — Just Good Friends — The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin — Robin's Nest — Edit Cast Series cast summary: Penelope Keith Richard DeVere 22 episodes, Angela Thorne Marjory Frobisher 22 episodes, Daphne Heard Polouvicka 17 episodes, John Rudling Brabinger 16 episodes, Gerald Sim The Rector 15 episodes, Michael Bilton Edit Storyline Audrey fforbes-Hamilton is sad when her husband dies but is shocked when she realises that she has to leave Grantleigh Manor where her family has lived forever.
Edit Details Country: UK. Language: English. Sound Mix: Mono. Color: Color. Edit Did You Know? Quotes The Rector : For what we are about to receive may the Lord make us truly thankful. Marjory Frobisher : Sorry! Um, got a bone in my throat. Audrey fforbes-Hamilton : Do watch out for bones everybody. You can't be too careful with avocados.