A new Earl, Michael Anstey, returns to England from Hong Kong to restore his family's estate.






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Series cast summary:
Peter Jeffrey ...  Michael Hincham 8 episodes, 1989
Gemma Jones ...  Virginia Hincham 8 episodes, 1989
Jon Croft Jon Croft ...  Jim Hadnett 8 episodes, 1989
Angela Browne ...  Barbara Chivers 7 episodes, 1989
Michael Grandage Michael Grandage ...  Jamie 7 episodes, 1989
Gareth Thomas ...  Peter Thornton 7 episodes, 1989
Matyelok Gibbs Matyelok Gibbs ...  Daisy Hadnett 6 episodes, 1989
Phyllida Law ...  Olivia Esholt 6 episodes, 1989
Catherine Russell ...  Patricia Anstey 6 episodes, 1989
Sebastian Shaw ...  Lord Toller 5 episodes, 1989
John Stride ...  Ewan Chivers 5 episodes, 1989
James Villiers ...  Ronnie Esholt 5 episodes, 1989
Thomas Wheatley Thomas Wheatley ...  Alan Rawtenstall 5 episodes, 1989
David Buck David Buck ...  Russell Fairless 4 episodes, 1989
Martin Jarvis ...  Keith Shedden 4 episodes, 1989
Caroline Ryder Caroline Ryder ...  Dibs Harper 4 episodes, 1989


A new Earl, Michael Anstey, returns to England from Hong Kong to restore his family's estate.

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9 July 1989 (UK) See more »

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A suspenseful, intelligent and entertaining drama about a far-from wealthy aristocratic family and their "nouveau riche" neighbors in 1980s England.
9 October 2005 | by massa-2See all my reviews

Chelworth tracked the efforts of Michael Anstey (Peter Jeffrey) to make a financial success of running his family estate, restore its historic house and keep his family together. This was a suspenseful, intelligent and entertaining drama, co-written by John Hawkesworth (Upstairs, Downstairs and The Duchess of Duke Street). While not particularly deep, the social observation of 1980's ostentation and mores was quite acute. Among a strong cast, which included Phyllida Law, Martin Jarvis and James Villiers, I vividly remember Gemma Jones' beautifully restrained performance as the long-suffering Virginia Anstey.

Having recorded the series, I lent out the tape and never got it back. Unfortunately it does not yet appear to have been released on VHS or DVD but it deserves to be made available.

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