“We were actually grateful and fond of the staff, though not reciprocated.”

“We were actually grateful and fond of the staff, though not reciprocated.”
Manor House‘s Sir John, also known as John Olliff-Cooper, says in a chat that the family was “actually grateful and fond of the staff, though not reciprocated.” He also reveals that his wife’s sister, Avril, “won’t talk to me at all, which is fine.” He and kitchen maid Antonia Dawson, who challenged his comments about poor people, also discuss other parts of the show, including learning of the Sept. 11 attacks during the production, which occurred throughout the fall of 2001.
John’s wife, Anna Olliff-Cooper says in a chat with the butler that at first she “didn’t see myself as one of the upstairs participants” and now thinks she “could’ve done one of the downstairs jobs.” And butler Hugh Edgar reveals he “had training for four days from the adviser to ‘Gosford Park,'” and confirms that “[t]he chamber pots were used.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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