Dame Penelope Keith visits district for new television programme

Dame Penelope Keith with Brian Gillion, vice-chairman of the Silver End Heritage Society

Dame Penelope Keith with Brian Gillion, vice-chairman of the Silver End Heritage Society

First published in North Essex

Sitcom legend Dame Penelope Keith dropped by Silver End for a new documentary on village life.

The star of 1970s classics The Good Life and To The Manor Born met members of Silver End Heritage Society on Saturday.

Vice chairman Brian Gillion said the society was approached by the production company.

It is understood the series, being made for More4, is about villages have changed in East Anglia, Wales and the south west.

Silver End has featured in a number of programmes and was a backdrop for a scene in 1980s series, The Nanny, which featured another sitcom stalwart, Wendy Craig.

Francis Crittall, founder of the window company, turned Silver End into a garden village, building homes for his workers that had hot and cold running water, bathrooms and electricity.

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4:18pm Fri 29 Aug 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Is there anyone that can actually listen to Keith and her old-fashioned, upper-class clipped accent without feeling just a little bit of a twinge? I used to like the sitcoms for which she is best known but, let's be fair - they're showing their age (in a way that Fawlty Towers doesn't). Please - move on.

Meanwhile, the BWT stalwarts in the newsroom shine through in yet another example of their prowess in the writing department as well as the editorial. Maybe Frenchie can cut and paste it all again for us to firmly instill in us the issues and double the pain of having to read about Keith again.
Is there anyone that can actually listen to Keith and her old-fashioned, upper-class clipped accent without feeling just a little bit of a twinge? I used to like the sitcoms for which she is best known but, let's be fair - they're showing their age (in a way that Fawlty Towers doesn't). Please - move on. Meanwhile, the BWT stalwarts in the newsroom shine through in yet another example of their prowess in the writing department as well as the editorial. Maybe Frenchie can cut and paste it all again for us to firmly instill in us the issues and double the pain of having to read about Keith again. /@|_|@\
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10:07pm Fri 29 Aug 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

‘It is understood the series etc etc………….’

That’s the problem. It is NOT UNDERSTOOD! Because the text following those opening few words just does not make sense!

Maybe the star who wrote this piece meant to say that ‘the series is about villages that have changed’ or perhaps meant to say that ‘the series is about how villages have changed’ maybe even meant to say something completely different – but in the event said nothing logical all!

Well done BWT, if nothing else you really are consistent!
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By the way /@|_|@\ I'm pleased to report that Penelope's old-fashioned, upper-class clipped accent certainly gives me a little bit of a twinge. A very warm and pleasant twinge in fact. Nuff said - down boy!
‘It is understood the series etc etc………….’ That’s the problem. It is NOT UNDERSTOOD! Because the text following those opening few words just does not make sense! Maybe the star who wrote this piece meant to say that ‘the series is about villages that have changed’ or perhaps meant to say that ‘the series is about how villages have changed’ maybe even meant to say something completely different – but in the event said nothing logical all! Well done BWT, if nothing else you really are consistent! . . . . By the way /@|_|@\ I'm pleased to report that Penelope's old-fashioned, upper-class clipped accent certainly gives me a little bit of a twinge. A very warm and pleasant twinge in fact. Nuff said - down boy! OMPITA [Intl]
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