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"How about 'Haste to the Wedding'?"
Slipper: So the English are the English, and the Irish are the Irish, and they know each other, so they do, like the fox and the hound.
Mrs. Knox: Yes! ...which is which?
Slipper: Well, if we knew that, we'd know everything!
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An Anglo-Irish dramedy about an ex-British Army major who becomes the local R.M. (that is, Resident Magistrate) in Ireland.


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  • Catchphrase: One of the servants, Hannah, frequently responds to Mrs. Cadogan's macabre announcements with an alarmed "Oh God!"
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Averted. Mrs. Cadogan and the other Irish servants are Catholic, but Major Yeates and the other Brits are staunch Protestants (which is Truth in Television).
  • Cool Old Lady: Mrs. Knox, Flurry's grandmother, who can dance a jig with the best of them and orchestrate an elopement entirely under Major Yeates' nose.
  • The Edwardian Era: The setting.
  • Fish out of Water: Poor Major Yeates. He keeps trying his best to be the usual stiff-upper-lip British type, even if no one else in Ireland is.
  • The Hypochondriac: One of Mrs. Cadogan's frequent complaints is of "aches and pains in every part of my body as though the blessed St. Stephen himself had taken to throwin` his rocks at me".
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  • Its Pronounced Tro PAY: Mrs. Cadogan, which is pronounced "CAY-duh-gawn."
  • Kissing Cousins: Flurry and Sally Knox, who end up eloping.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Flurry Knox, who doesn't answer to Florence MacArthy.
  • Like a Duck Takes to Water: Philippa, Major Yeates' wife.
  • Not So Above It All: Mrs. Cadogan spends the whole of "O Love! O Fire!" railing against dancing, but once Major Yeates asks her to dance with him at the Tennant's Ball, she proves to be excellent at it.
  • Oireland: Employs a lot of Irish stereotypes, but never in a malicious way: the true villains are the upper class snobs that Major Yeates eventually distances himself from, instead of the good-natured Irish.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Lady Knox forbids her daughter Sally from associating with Flurry, especially after the events of Episode 5. They end up eloping with assistance from Major Yeates and Philippa.
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  • Rich Bitch: Lady Knox is haughty and supercilious, and serves as an antagonist for multiple episodes.
  • Scare Chord: Done at the end of Episode 5 of the first season, as Lady Knox walks in and discovers the elaborate plot Major Yeates and Flurry were trying to keep secret.
  • Skewed Priorities: When a ship goes aground in a winter storm, a spectator in the Magistrate's chambers declares that "The real tragedy is that so much good liquor was wasted on the stones".
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: A lot, but most obviously between Maggie Nolan and Mrs. Cadogan, who hate each other's guts and disapprove of each other's housekeeping and cooking (which, for them, is Serious Business).
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Major Yeates' sister Barbara for his wife Philippa in the third season.
  • The Trickster: Flurry's merry pranks feature in most of the episodes, involving manipulation of Major Yeates and the other characters. Only in the final episode does Major Yeates get to turn the tables on him.
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