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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 7

    An Unexpected Visit

    Aired 5/25/93

  • S 2 : Ep 6

    A Musical Evening

    Aired 5/13/93

  • S 2 : Ep 5

    A Mysterious Guest

    Aired 5/6/93

  • S 2 : Ep 4

    The Art Class

    Aired 4/29/93

  • S 2 : Ep 3

    The Matchmaker

    Aired 4/22/93

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Bennett

    The Stranger

  • Tony Selby

    Albert "Bert" Finch

  • Geraldine McEwan

    Miss Rose Farnaby

  • Karl Howman


  • Mary Healey

    Alice Finch (Season 2)

  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Mulberry guide at The advertisement read: "Wanted: young person to render general domestic assistance." According to Bert and Alice, the two surly servants who have worked for the formidable Miss Farnaby since they were children, the notice should have read "Wanted: masochist to be at beck and call of cantankerous old trout." Suddenly, out of nowhere comes the mysterious Mulberry, arriving at Farnaby Manor to fill the recently vacated position of companion to the reclusive Miss Farnaby, even before the advertisement could be posted. He has no experience and no references, in fact nothing at all except his large carpet bag. And how did he know about the job? Mulberry, with his charm and wit, secures the position and the manor, Miss Farnaby, and the staff will never be the same again. This strange yet unique and enchanting British Comedy is set in rural England and the manor of the spinster Miss Rose Farnaby, a cantankerous and lonely lady nearing the end of her life. Over the years a distrust has developed between Miss Farnaby and her staff of Bert and Alice Finch. Bert is the gardener and grounds keeper and his wife Alice serves as the cook and housekeeper. Even though they and Miss Farnaby grew up together at the manor, a gap has continued to widen in their relationship. Miss Farnaby, thinking that their loyalty is only an effort to insure she will leave them a good pension when she passes on, while they think she is distancing herself in order to cut them out of her will completely. Into this situation comes Mulberry, the strange and mysterious new companion for Miss Farnaby, who turns everyone's lives upside down by his wit, his manner, and his determination to "change the old routine" and make the gloomy manor a fun place to live. But Mulberry is not what he seems to be. He is in fact the son of Death, and has been sent to the manor to collect Miss Farnaby for his father, the Grim Reaper, and escort her into the next world. But the plan doesn't quite work out as his father wanted it to since Mulberry becomes attached to Miss Farnaby and is determined to make her life happy and enjoyable, well, for what time she has left. This he does much to the dismay of Mulberry's father, who appears occasionally to remind Mulberry why he is there and that he needs to "get on with it." In one episode in frustration, to buy more time for him and Miss Farnaby, he asks his mother, Springtime, to intercede with his father and delay Miss Farnaby's departure a little longer. She does and thus Mulberry is given more time to bring Miss Farnaby out of her doldrums and into a whole new world that had passed her by for all those years. With each episode Mulberry continues to bring out the buried enthusiasm and youthfully delight of the elderly spinster. Unfortunately, the show ended abruptly after the second season, without any actual true ending of the series. The shows Producer/Director John Hobbs had fully intended upon there being a third and final season, to properly end the series so viewers would know what happened to Miss Farnaby as well as Bert and Alice, and of course Mulberry. But, according to Chris Nicolaides, one of the music writers for the series, apparently at BBC1 some new directors came on board, one of which stated that the show was, "not his cup of tea." Thus ended one of the most original and delightful of British Comedys. Even more unfortunate, it is not available on video and according to sources, there are no plans to make it available.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Bert: (exasperated, tired, and angry) We'll frighten the living daylights out of her[ Miss Farnaby]. Mulberry: (still in his Scots bagpiper costume) Which one of you is gonna wear the kilt?

    • Bert: Why can't you just leave her alone to moulder away?! Mulberry: She's not a potato, Bert!

    • Alice: (cleaning silver with Mulberry and Bert; to Mulberry) It's dark outside. You know that, don't you. Mulberry: (looks out the window and returns to the table)That's 'cause the sun's gone down. Alice: I mean that Bert and I should be in our room, enjoying ourselves. Mulberry:You can be very earthy when you want to, Alice.

    • Mulberry: Oh, come on! It'll be worth a bit of extra effort just to see her happy. Alice: We're not here to make her happy; we're here to look after her.

    • Bert: You look lovely when you look like that. Alice: Like what? Bert: Vindictive.

    • Alice: And there's another sort of loyalty as well-(leans towards Mulberry) that is, loyalty between those who've been ground down. Mulberry: (leans towards Alice) Millers?

    • (Discussing an invitation to Bert and Alice's house for dinner) Mulberry: At least they delivered it in person. Ms. Farnaby: No they didn't. They slid it under the door and ran away like two frightened children.

    • The Stranger: Is all your staff on rollerskates?

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    Notes (15)

    • This episode was recorded January 13th 1992.

    • This episode was recorded on January 27th 1992.

    • This episode was filmed on January 27th 1992.

    • This episode was filmed on February 21st 1992.

    • This episode was filmed on March 1st 1992.

    • This episode was filmed on March 8th 1992.

    • This episode was filmed on February 22nd 1993.

    • Beginning with this episode, Mary Healey took over the role of Alice Finch.

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    Trivia (2)

    • Miss Farnaby was proposed to once by a young man named George, who was in the Colonial Service.

    • Bert reveals to Miss Farnaby that he's always been in love with her. However, because of his position as the family servant, he could never act on his feelings.

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • If you never saw this show, go out of your way to catch it in any form possible. It is funny, sad and wonderful all at the same time. Mulberry is truly his mother's son rather than his father's.

    By dlockjaw, Mar 23, 2007

  • The new servant at Miss Farnaby's estate uses gentle, and not so gentle, humor to coax the reclusive grump into happier interactions. A Mysterious Stranger unnerves the protective new servant at Miss Farnaby's estate. The audience is tickled and wanting t

    By VerityJackson, May 24, 2006

  • Unfairly cancelled

    By The7thDoctor, Sep 06, 2005

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