Thursday, 29 September 2016

You Can't Get the Staff | Season 1 Episode 1 | Full Episode

You Can't Get the Staff
About the Show
Cameras venture behind the doors of some of Britain's poshest homes to see how the cream of society handle their domestic staff

Episode 1 - Princess Olga, Baronet Sir Humphry and Lady Colin Campbell

New series exploring how the cream of society handle domestic staff. In episode one, Princess Olga Romanoff hires a 'garden boy' while renowned hostess Lady Colin Campbell seeks a butler.
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Lady Linlithgow, Detmar Blow and Carina Evans

Episode 2 - Lady Linlithgow, Detmar Blow and Carina Evans

Lady Linlithgow needs a new recruit to help run Bryngwyn Hall in Wales, while Carina in Henley wants a home worker to do everything she does, apart from sleep with her husband
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Caroline Lowsley-Williams, Drew Rieger and John Mew

Episode 3 - Caroline Lowsley-Williams, Drew Rieger and John Mew

Caroline plans changes to the staff at the 2000-acre Chavenage House, and American composer Drew Rieger has a housekeeping crisis in Baltimore with an ex-royal butler coming to the rescue
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Sir Benjamin Slade, Aurora Eastwood, The Rogers

Episode 4 - Sir Benjamin Slade, Aurora Eastwood, The Rogers

Sir Benjamin Slade of Maunsel House in Somerset is on the hunt for a handyman after the last one ran off with his wife. And are Aurora Eastwood's standards too high for a new groom?
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Sara Vestin Rahmani and Anna Trent
Episode 5 - Sara Vestin Rahmani and Anna Trent

Sara Vestin Rahmani seeks a butler able to co-ordinate private jets and get along with her two bulldogs. And the settling in period for Anna Trent's au pair proves trickier than expected.

You Can't Get The Staff, review: 'lightweight'
This documentary about bumbling gentry and their long-suffering staff lacked insight, says Gabriel Tate

By Gabriel Tate10:00PM BST 21 Oct 2014

The opening episode of the five-part documentary series You Can’t Get the Staff resembled one long compilation of “comedy” moments from Downton. In other words, the activities of an assortment of bumbling gentry and long-suffering staff were put to a soundtrack of plucked strings, with results that were mildly entertaining but hardly hilarious. Lady Colin Campbell, for example, asserted that “14 [dinner guests] always ensures a row” like a latterday Violet Crawley. “Eight,” agreed Grant Harrold, her hired butler, was “a nice number”.
While royal muckraker Campbell (author of Diana In Private and similar pap) was only hiring help for the night, Princess Olga Romanoff (descendant of Tsar Alexander III) and Sir Humphry Wakefield (owner of Chillingham Castle in Northumberland) wanted permanent staff: the former to tend to her 35 acres, the latter to polish his 2,000-plus items of armour and weaponry. Following a series of job interviews awkwardly staged for the camera, both hired suitable candidates with their rivals ruling themselves out after minor quibbles over foxhunting and swordsmanship.
The snarky voiceover, with its ready indulgence of screamingly obvious puns and wordplay, obscured what could have been a far more insightful documentary. Why, for example, did they all live alone? What did their staff really make of them? Barring the passing mention of a broken marriage or the nouveau riche, this was gaily ignored in favour of another cutaway to a reaction shot or brief tutorial on how to polish a chandelier. The result was lightweight and incurious.

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