What was really going on behind the stately walls of British manors? With all the buzz over Masterpiece Classic's Downton Abbey, KUED is presenting Secrets of the Manor House, a new special that puts the hit series in proper historical context and give an insider's view to an intriguing era.
The special airs Sunday, Jan. 22 at 7:00 p.m. on KUED, before Episode 3 of Downton Abbey. Exactly 100 years ago, the world of the British Manor House was at its height. It was a world of luxury that has provided a majestic backdrop to a range of movies and popular costume dramas to this day. But what was life really like inside those manors?
Secrets of the Manor House looks beyond the fiction to the truth of how life was in theseancient British houses, and how mounting financial, political and social pressures were about to bring momentous changes to both the wealthy and their servants -- the very storyline explored in the second season of Downton Abbey now airing Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. on KUED.
The documentary film covers the background of the British titled class in Edwardian times, the realities
for servants working in their estates, the concept of the entail that passed estates to the next generation, the growing influence of American wealth in British aristocracy at the beginning of the 20th century, and the impact of the first world war on the social class system evident at a British country house.
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