I've just come back from holiday to find that Sky+ had recorded - amongst other things - several comedies that I currently like at the moment such as "Mongrels", "Better off Ted" and "Grandma's House". I also found series 5 of "In Loving Memory" on the doormat and while working my way through the recorded programmes, as good as they are, I found myself hankering for a comedy that was simple and gentle. That's not to do down "In Loving Memory", I love it. But it just highlighted for me the difference between comedies of today and those that were made 20+ years ago. Today's comedies try very hard to be satirical, funny, incredibly witty and self-referential, ironic and more. Back in the day, they just had to make you laugh and "In Loving Memory" does just that.
Thora Hird's (Ivy Unsworth) comic timing is second to none and her obvious relationship with Chris Beeny as her nephew Billy Henshaw is a joy to see on screen. The addition of Sherrie Hewson as Mary, Billy's new wife creates another dimension to the relationships and it's all to the good. Known these days for "Loose Women", people forget how good an actress Sherrie Hewson is.
Enjoy your comedies of today, but don't forget how effective a gentle, heart-warming comedy can be and buy this DVD.