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The Duchess of Duke Street 

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Series (1976–1977)
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Louisa is an ordinary girl living in Victorian London. She is looking for a job and ends up talking her way into the kitchen of a Lords townhouse. The Lord has a rather snooty French chef, ... See full summary »


John Hawkesworth




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1977   1976  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
Gemma Jones ...  Louisa Trotter 31 episodes, 1976-1977
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John Welsh ...  Merriman 25 episodes, 1976-1977
John Cater ...  Starr 24 episodes, 1976-1977
Richard Vernon ...  Major Smith-Barton / ... 18 episodes, 1976-1977
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Louisa is an ordinary girl living in Victorian London. She is looking for a job and ends up talking her way into the kitchen of a Lords townhouse. The Lord has a rather snooty French chef, Louisa quickly develops a strong desire to become a top cook, women back then couldn't be chefs. Through hard work and sheer determination she wins over the chef and he begins to teach her his art. She quickly proves that she has a huge talent in the art of cooking. This brings her to the attention of three very different men, all of which will play huge but very different roles in her future. Partly because of who she knows, but mostly by her own extremely strong will and work ethic she goes on to be very successful, in a time when independent women were something of an oddity. Written by Deirdre of the Sorrows

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16 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Hotel in der Duke Street See more »

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(31 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hayley Mills was originally cast in the lead role but had to withdraw after learning she was pregnant. See more »


Featured in Maid in Britain (2010) See more »

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A Neglected treasure!
25 August 2010 | by lhcao2See all my reviews

The first recommendation I get is undoubtedly Pride and Prejudice(Collin Firth version),when talking about British TV series, the second probably would be Brideshead Revisited or Fawlty Towers, yet no one recommends The Duchess of Duke Street to me before. It is by sheer luck that I come across this series-and what enjoyment it gives me! how many times it sets me think like I have never thought before! and what a treasure it is!

The first two or three episodes are quite plain, and indeed, dull, I would say; as the story unfolds itself, however, I become quite captivated-I never knew before any female characters from any TV series can be such as Louisa Trotter: she's pretty(quite common among all TV series), but damn headstrong as a bull, and she says 'bloody' as often as a man does, never cares very much about deportment and carriage herself;what strikes me as rarer and harder to find among women is her force-she has passion for cooking, and on no occasion allows any one or anything whatsoever to hinder her from realizing her dream of being the best cook in England. Such a woman is uncommon even in today's world. For how many times have we been dragged away from the path to our true dream by this or that seemingly reasonable excuse! How many people have been regretting in their winter season of life-oh, if only I did! In short, this is quite a thought-provoking series, can be even better than Pride and Prejudice and Brideshead Revisited in a way. A pity to be sure, that The Duchess of Duke Street is not well-known now, well, in America at least.

However I am a bit disappointed that in the later parts of the series, too much is focused on Louisa's relationships-I don't like such a good topic to evolve into a kind of romantic soap opera, there's already too many of them stuffed in the American TV markets-the focus of which really disappoints me, since I do consider the middle of the series very promising. Well, that's the only flaw I find with this series, and that's why I give a 9 star instead of a perfect 10.

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