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Agony - Series 1 - Complete [DVD]
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The first six episodes of the early-1980s comedy series starring Maureen Lipman as radio agony aunt Jane Lucas. As well as solving her callers' problems, she's got plenty of her own - including her very Jewish mother, the gay couple who live upstairs, and her strange work colleagues.
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The picture quality is OK for something this old but, no effort has been made at restoration so there are one or two glitches in sound and picture quality - for which apologies are made on the back cover.
My only gripe is that it's not long enough. When the end credits of episode six roll, you're left hungry for more. Hopefully series two won't be long for release.
Written by Len Richmond (who later penned `Split Ends' with Anita Dobson) and Anna Raeburn, `Agony' was a huge hit for ITV in the late `70s and early `80s, running for three series, and was later revived 15 years later with a sequel: 'Agony Again' (this time on the BBC).
It stars the brilliant Maureen Lipman as straight-talking, quick witted agony aunt Jane (which I still regard as one of her best roles), a hit in the newspapers, and on radio and TV talk shows. She knows the answers to people's baffling problems all too well - but seems incapable of dealing with her own troubled life.
Her husband Laurence, who has experienced two breakdowns, leaves her in the first episode, her hypochondriac, very Jewish mother is never far away from the phone, and her only comfort comes from the annoying DJ Andy (well played by the always hilarious Peter Blake) and her two gay neighbours.
This edgy and original show is quite risque, even for 1979, boldly addressing the gay community, but portraying them as real people, and not the usual caricatures that were around at the time. I'd never seen the series until I picked up this DVD a few days ago, but enjoyed it enormously.
'Agony', on the evidence of the first series, is a laugh a minute sitcom, with great acting, very good scripts, a good bit of drama mixed in with the comedy, and an irresistible theme tune. These six episodes appear only somewhat dated, and I think that considering that they are over thirty years old, hold up quite well.
One for fans of Maureen Lipman, or classic British sitcom in general!
We loved this when it was first broadcast and are now loving it all over again. It is probably the best thing Maureen Lipman has ever done, as it suits her slightly manic style.