To the Manor Born's Gerald Sim
Tea Time Tidbit for the week of June 4, 2018
Gerald Sim as the rector in To the Manor Born
In order that we can raise the much needed funds to continue bringing you the shows you love every weekday afternoon, Afternoon Tea will be taking a week’s break, starting June 4th.
We’ll be back to our regular schedule June 11th, which will get underway at 1:30pm with Last of the Summer Wine. That’ll be followed at 2pm by To the Manor Born, and in the June 11th episode keep an eye out for the vicar, played by Gerald Sim. Sim appeared as the rector in a total of 15 episodes of To the Manor Born, but you may have also seen him as the vicar in an episode of Keeping Up Appearances. It was a one off appearance, before Jeremy Gittins became the series’ permanent vicar.
Although Sim never had his own series, or played a leading role in a show, the Liverpudlian actor, who died in 2014, made over 130 film and television appearances during the course of his 50 year acting career. Several of the films Sim appeared in were directed by is brother-in-law, Richard Attenborough, who was married to Sims’ older sister, actress Sheila Sim. The Attenboroughs and Sim all ended their days at the actor’s retirement home in London, Denville Home. (Sim’s wife Diedre Brenner died in 1999.)
Cricket St. Thomas Hotel a.k.a. Grantleigh Manor
The church that you see Sim presiding over in To the Manor Born is located in the small parish of Cricket St. Thomas in Somerset. Grantleigh Manor in the series was in reality Cricket House, a manor house dating back to the 14th century. The lodge in which Audrey fforbes-Hamilton lived is actually about a mile away from the main manor house, with gateposts being added to make it look a lot closer to "Grantleigh". In 1999, Cricket House became a Warner Leisure Hotel. I’m sure Audrey would have something to say about that!
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