The Duchess of Duke Street


Network: BBC One (United Kingdom)
Premiered: 04.September.1976
Status: Ended

The Duchess of Duke Street is the story of the rise of Louisa Leyton (Gemma Jones) from kitchen maid to the most famous cook in England. Her hotel, the Bentinck on Duke Street, is the turn of the century setting for her affair with Charlie Tyrell (Christopher Cazenove), her run-ins with family members, the activities of her high society guests and the lives of her faithful staff. Over two series this BBC Production tells an interesting and eventful twenty year story which also provides a fascinating insight into life in the early 20th century. The series is in fact based on the life story of celebrated cook Rosa Lewis, who ran the Cavendish Hotel on London's Duke Street.

Augustus Trotter - Donald Burton
Starr - John Cater
Mr. Ernest Leyton - John Rapley
Mrs. Cochrane - Mary Healey
Merriman - John Welsh
Louisa Trotter - Gemma Jones
Mary - Victoria Plucknett
Lottie - Lalla Ward
Mrs. Violet Leyton - June Brown
Aunt Gwyneth - Christine Pollon
Major Smith-Barton - Richard Vernon
Violet - Holly De Jong
Ethel - Sammie Winmill
Charles "Charlie" Tyrrell, later Lord Haslemere - Christopher Cazenove

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