May 2, 2003
‘Tisn't like me to gush (not much!) but the PBS reality program Manor House was really quite remarkable. It was no surprise to learn the downstairs domestics were worked like dogs, but it was revealing to see the immense social pressures exerted on the upstairs folks. Of course, the servants were infinitely more appealing: the handsome footmen; the lascivious antics of the hall boy and the scullery maid; the tempestuous chef, who looked like Mr. Bean; the weepy, sensitive lady's maid; the stern butler and the warm, nurturing housekeeper; and the Indian tutor, a raging, screaming queen unto the end.