Made in the mid 80s and one of Channel 4's earliest great shows, this sitcom is fondly remembered and stands up well today. Its premise is simple and yet it is a brilliant one for a comedy series. Tom Chance is an eccentric and well-meaning man with one strange affliction, odd things happen to him. If there's only a one in a million chance of something happening, then it'll happen to him... every time. By chance, of course, a misunderstanding while on a blind date leads to him meeting timid librarian Allison and these two immediately make a connection. She falls for him, and he remains his usual oblivious self. What follows proves that the path of true love can never run smooth when one party is painfully shy and the other is a walking disaster.
The series works on every level, being surreal without being too silly, and taking advantage of the way that sitcoms often rely on bizarre co-incidences to make the comedy work then going one step further and basing the whole story around bizarre happenings. The best thing about the show though is the leads. Simon Callow's Chance is a great comedy character and he delivers an original and appealing performance, being perpetually upbeat no matter how bad things get and always being ready to drink a pint in one then gasp out his next line. Brenda Blethyn has never been better, her odd vocal delivery lending itself perfectly to Allison's character.
The show ran for three series, that being the perfect length of time that just about avoided the format running out of steam, but the first two series were the best. If you haven't seen this before, it is worth taking the risk and buying it. There's only a one in a million chance you won't like it.