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Duchess of Duke Street, The

SPRAWLING EDWARDIAN household powerplay in style of (and produced by the same bloke as) UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS. Real-life ascent of lowly kitchen maid Rosa Lewis to lofty heights of fashionable society manageress in the shape of GEMMA JONES, your charming Cockney put-upon chef desperate to claw up to higher echelons of 1900s London. Besides slaving over many a hot stove for the Prince Of Wales (ROGER HAMMOND) and Lord Henry Norton (BRYAN COLEMAN) she got bounced into a marriage to DONALD BURTON (Augustus Trotter) which dutifully fell apart, not before opening up impressive Bentinck Hotel at 20 Duke Street, and having baby with CHRISTOPHER CAZENOVE. Requisite “loyal” team of Hotel staff stuck by her despite increasing tendencies towards matriarchal moodswings. Textbook Beeb costumery.

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  1. cronker

    September 29, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    My mum and dad loved this show. Bored the pants off me. Then again, I was about 9 or 10 and Doctor Who and Monkey had my attention…. see who won there?

  2. sheila

    November 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Great , Great British period Drama , no one does them quite like us!!

  3. Richard16378

    November 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I’ve not seen this but it’s sounds like a good show to play “Been In Dr Who” with.

    Helped by Lalla Ward & Maureen O’Brien being regulars.

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