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4/11/10 6:58 P

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Incidentally I saw an episode last night that I hadn't seen before - about the rugby match & Miss Farnaby's art class. Funny! Too bad there was no end .. at least now I know why it doesn't have more episodes on PBS.

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3/26/10 11:34 P

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The advertisement read: "Wanted: young person to render general domestic assistance." According to Bert and Alice, the two surly servants who have worked for the formidable Miss Farnaby since they were children, the notice should have read "Wanted: More masochist to be at beck and call of cantankerous old trout." Suddenly, out of nowhere comes the mysterious Mulberry, arriving at Farnaby Manor to fill the recently vacated position of companion to the reclusive Miss Farnaby, even before the advertisement could be posted. He has no experience and no references, in fact nothing at all except his large carpet bag. And how did he know about the job? Mulberry, with his charm and wit, secures the position and the manor, Miss Farnaby, and the staff will never be the same again. This strange yet unique and enchanting British Comedy is set in rural England and the manor of the spinster Miss Rose Farnaby, a cantankerous and lonely lady nearing the end of her life. Over the years a distrust has developed between Miss Farnaby and her staff of Bert and Alice Finch. Bert is the gardener and grounds keeper and his wife Alice serves as the cook and housekeeper. Even though they and Miss Farnaby grew up together at the manor, a gap has continued to widen in their relationship. Miss Farnaby, thinking that their loyalty is only an effort to insure she will leave them a good pension when she passes on, while they think she is distancing herself in order to cut them out of her will completely. Into this situation comes Mulberry, the strange and mysterious new companion for Miss Farnaby, who turns everyone's lives upside down by his wit, his manner, and his determination to "change the old routine" and make the gloomy manor a fun place to live. But Mulberry is not what he seems to be. He is in fact the son of Death, and has been sent to the manor to collect Miss Farnaby for his father, the Grim Reaper, and escort her into the next world. But the plan doesn't quite work out as his father wanted it to since Mulberry becomes attached to Miss Farnaby and is determined to make her life happy and enjoyable, well, for what time she has left. This he does much to the dismay of Mulberry's father, who appears occasionally to remind Mulberry why he is there and that he needs to "get on with it." In one episode in frustration, to buy more time for him and Miss Farnaby, he asks his mother, Springtime, to intercede with his father and delay Miss Farnaby's departure a little longer. She does and thus Mulberry is given more time to bring Miss Farnaby out of her doldrums and into a whole new world that had passed her by for all those years. With each episode Mulberry continues to bring out the buried enthusiasm and youthfully delight of the elderly spinster. Unfortunately, the show ended abruptly after the second season, without any actual true ending of the series. The shows Producer/Director John Hobbs had fully intended upon there being a third and final season, to properly end the series so viewers would know what happened to Miss Farnaby as well as Bert and Alice, and of course Mulberry. But, according to Chris Nicolaides, one of the music writers for the series, apparently at BBC1 some new directors came on board, one of which stated that the show was, "not his cup of tea." Thus ended one of the most original and delightful of British Comedys.

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3/26/10 6:16 P

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Finally finished these dvds, and now I see what you all meant about there being no ending. Very disappointing. I feel I was robbed of a really poignant episode! When networks cancel a show they ought to give them one episode to wrap things up, especially in a situation like this one. Guess that wouldn't be fiscally prudent for them.

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I got the disc to work, and watched about 20 minutes of the show before I get called away, and I haven't had the chance to get back to it. My PBS station is taking off its usual Saturday night Britcoms for pledge shows for the THIRD WEEKEND IN A ROW tonight, so I'm planning to watch the DVD instead.

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3/19/10 4:12 P

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I loved this show & the same thing happened here - it seemed to just trail off. I'm not sure about the conclusion.

Would love to know ... but send a Sparkmail or post to my page so we don't ruin it for anyone emoticon Happy Viewing!

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3/15/10 11:33 P

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I loved to watch the show also, and found it very funny and endearing....but I don't think it ever came to a conclusion? or I don't think i watched the last episode. It was all leading up to something, but our PBS channel didn't carry it all the way through I'm thinking.

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3/14/10 11:58 A

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I've watch the complete series of it . I love the show. Mulberry is so funny with Rose the owner of the house and Alice the cook and the grounds keeper Bert.

You'll like it! It's well worth the watching.

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3/14/10 10:36 A

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Has anyone seen this show? If so, what do you think? Just got it from the library, but haven't had the chance to watch yet (there may be a disc problem -- tried cleaning it and will give it another go). Couldn't find a youtube link to share.


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