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Keith to present rural life series

To The Manor Born star Penelope Keith has signed up to present a new documentary series about c ountry life.

The actress, who played the aristocratic Audrey fforbes-Hamilton in the sitcom, will travel through the country for three hour-long episodes armed with guidebooks dating back to the 1930s to see how things have changed since then.

The More 4 show, called Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages, will examine the impact of issues including second homes on rural life.

Richard Farmbrough, from Reef Television which is making the show, said: " We are delighted to be working with Penelope Keith on this new series for More 4. Hidden Villages will be a delightful combination of stunning landscape, compelling stories and charming personal anecdotes from one of Britain's best loved actresses."

The actress, who was recently made a Dame Commander in the honours list, has a career spanning more than 50 years including classic sitcom The Good Life.

In To The Manor Born, she played the snobby Lady of the manor who had been forced to move out and see her home taken over by nouveau riche businessman Richard DeVere played by Peter Bowles.

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