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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 »

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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
Victoria Plucknett Victoria Plucknett ...  Mary 26 episodes, 1976-1977
John Welsh ...  Merriman 25 episodes, 1976-1977
John Cater ...  Starr 24 episodes, 1976-1977
Richard Vernon ...  Major Smith-Barton / ... 18 episodes, 1976-1977
Mary Healey ...  Mrs. Cochrane 17 episodes, 1976-1977
Christopher Cazenove ...  Charles Haslemere / ... 15 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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Drama

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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Hotel in der Duke Street See more »

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Runtime:

(31 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Featured in Maid in Britain (2010) See more »

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A Timeless Gem- Funny, Touching, and Real
30 May 2006 | by jojemsSee all my reviews

Gemma Jones is simply brilliant and unforgettable in this series. It's wonderful to stay with these characters through so many episodes, and the quality never flags. If you haven't seen it, you're in for a treat. In anyone else's hand these stories might seem like melodrama- Gemma et al make every scene utterly convincing. Just a delightful run from start to finish.

In the future, fluff like "Bridget Jones" will seem hopelessly dated (Renee What? Hugh Who?) and will be almost entirely forgotten-except by fans who will rent it just to see another great role from Gemma.

But "The Duchess of Duke Street" is going to live forever, and will be treasured for many generations to come.

Hurrah for The Duchess! Perhaps you Brits will get around to giving the real Ms. Jones her due someday- but in any case she will always be one hell of a Dame to those of us who know and love her work.

And yes, since you mention it, this series *is* better than Upstairs, Downstairs. Got it beat by a mile. :)


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