1 9 7 6 (UK)
24 x 30 minute episodes
This twice-weekly afternoon serial from ATV was basically Upstairs Downstairs without the downstairs.
Larkfield Manor in Herefordshire is the ancestral home of the Bourne family. Set in the Depression, the soap opera focussed on the money worries of the family and the quest of the daughters Elizabeth (Sally Osborne), Anne (Jennifer Lonsdale) and Victoria (Susan Skipper) to find suitable male escorts.
The happy, united family knew that another great war would soon bring the world crashing around them and they were moving inexorably towards crisis and disintegration.
The scene was set for a long-running saga of aristocratic decline, but The Cedar Tree lasted only two years.
Lady Alice Bourne
Jean Taylor Smith
Dr Brian Harrington