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KINGDOM (article first published : 2008-05-18)

Don't miss the second season of the popular British television series, Kingdom, on the Hallmark Channel on DStv on May 25 at 20h00. Stephen Fry stars as Peter Kingdom, a popular country solicitor from a quaint seaside village in Norfolk, Market Shipborough, whose life is overshadowed by the mysterious disappearance of his brother.

Series one ended with Peter Kingdom receiving news that he's to become an uncle by a mystery woman who arrives out of the blue. Cue the second series and Peter Kingdom is literally left holding the baby. When Daniel, his missing brother's child is left with him, Peter finds himself having to learn all about looking after a baby. And as if learning about feeding times and having to constantly change nappies weren't a big enough shock for the solicitor, there's an even bigger surprise in store for Stephen Fry's character and his sister Beatrice (Hermione Norris).

Also coming up in series two, Karl Davies returns to the village as an eager trainee solicitor and Lyle Anderson goes beyond the call of duty, stripping bare while solving the problems of a group of nudists.

The drama focuses on Kingdom's dysfunctional family, the people he works with and the town's residents. As Peter drives around in his beloved Alvis, investigating one case after another, we see the community through his eyes, as he deals with various, often amusing, trials. Intelligent, patient and mildly eccentric, Peter Kingdom is a figure of strength and goodwill in the local community.

Kingdom also starring Celia Imrie, who plays the loyal receptionist, Gloria Millington; Phyllida Law, who plays Peter's mad Aunt Auriel; and Tony Slattery who plays Sidney Snell, Market Shipborough's most irritable resident.




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