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Just Good Friends: Series 1 And 2 [DVD] [1983]


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  • Actors: Paul Nicholas, Jan Francis, Sylvia Kay, John Ringham, Shaun Curry
  • Directors: Ray Butt
  • Writers: John Sullivan
  • Producers: Ray Butt
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 24 May 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001MIQYO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,138 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All fourteen episodes from the first two seasons of the comedy series about the problematic relationship between Vince (Paul Nicholas), an East End bookmaker, and Penny Warrender (Jan Francis), an upmarket girl from Chipping Ongar. In 'After All This Time', Penny and Vince are reunited after five years. Last time they saw each other was just before Vince left Penny standing at the altar, so he's got some explaining to do. In 'Hello Again', Vince tracks Penny down at her new home, but runs into her mother. In 'Let's Spend the Night Together', Vince tries to persuade Penny to stay the night with him - but when she hears the lyrics to a Cat Steven song she changes her mind. 'Fatherly Advice' sees Vince consulting his father about how to win Penny back. Meanwhile, Penny is getting the lowdown on her mother's love life. In 'I Don't Want to See You Again', Vince asks Penny to move in with him - but how will they break it to her parents? In 'Happy Birthday Penny', Penny decides to tell her parents that she's moving in with Vince as they celebrate her birthday. In 'Moving In and Out Again', Penny finally moves in with Vince but their co-habiting only lasts a day or two, as Penny decides to move back home after burglars break in to Vince's flat. 'Guilt' sees Vince drowning his sorrows after Penny leaves him to move back home. In 'Another Man', Penny tries to make Vince jealous by 'accidentally' calling him by another man's name. In 'Meeting Penny's Husband', Vince and Penny go out to dinner with Penny's ex-husband, Graham, who tries to blackmail the couple with photographs in order to speed their divorce along. In 'Caught on a Shoulder Strap', Penny comes to the wrong conclusion after seeing Vince and the bride together at a friend's wedding. In 'Farewell Holiday', Vince gives Penny a surprise holiday at the family's new villa in Portugal. In 'Pregnant', Penny confides in Vince that she suspects she may be pregnant. But the old problem arises: how do they tell Penny's parents? 'Goodbye Again' sees Penny bidding farewell to Vince as she heads off to study in Paris.

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 2005
Format: DVD
I agree with the verdict of the other reviewers of this excellent DVD package, however one point needs clarification.
This set includes all 14 episodes from the first two series of Just Good Friends. After the second series the BBC broadcast a special 90 minute episode for Christmas 1984. This was intended to be the show's finale, but the writers and cast re-united for a third series two years later. The third series comprised six regular length episodes and the finale, a 35 minute special broadcast on Christmas Day 1986.
The next DVD release will hopefully include the Christmas 1984 special and all seven episodes from the third and final series. And the sooner it's released the better!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By nedge22 on 4 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Would those favourite bits that I remembered after all these years be as funny now as they were then? Yes they are.

Too many to mention but, without giving anything away, there's the episode when Penny gets into Vince's car and looks through his diary and wallet . . .

And the episode when Penny's mother tells Penny about the friend that was pregnant at 18.

One of Vince's best one-liners consists of just one word - see the episode in series 2 when Penny makes an announcement.

Vince's mother, wonderfully loud and embarrassing, makes her first appearance in Series 2, memorably played by Ann Lynn, who, in contrast, also played the refined mother of Raquel in Only Fools & Horses, although it was only a brief appearance as I remember, in the first "final" episode when Del and Rodney became millionaires.

Disappointed that this wasn't the entire collection, so we don't get to see the Pinners' family party at their Portugal villa, and that bit when Penny was sitting on the balcony . . . Like others I'm waiting for the final episodes to be put on DVD - what's holding them up? (Hurrah, it's coming) (at least I thought it was!)

And it's strange how Vince and Penny look so young - they didn't look that young when I watched it on TV back in the early eighties !!

If you've never seen it before, don't forget to let the end credits finish rolling before switching off, there's always a "punchline" after the credits have finished.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kp2 on 28 Nov. 2004
Format: DVD
Like the other reviewers I can't wait until the third series is released, soon please. There have been few on screen romances in any era that have matched that of Penny and Vince, and few actors who have worked together as well as Jan Francis and Paul Nicholas. John Sullivan's scripts are excellent of course, but it was the performances of Jan and Paul that had viewers hooked back in the eighties. And this show was watched by huge numbers back then, achieving ratings rarely matched since. The comic timing of Jan and Paul is as good as Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. *Please* we need to have the third series on DVD!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vic Moorcraft on 25 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
Like most DVD purchasers of the sitcom "Just Good Friends" I can recall its initial TV screening in the 1980's. What I had forgotten was just how brilliantly written the series was; and how cleverly John Sullivan intertwined the class divides of Penny and Vince, (and their respective families), into a comedy classic.
Watching the DVD I was absolutely enthralled once again by the will they, wont they, theme that enables Penny and Vince to exchange such hilarious one-liners. I don't know if John Sullivan wrote the script with his selected cast in mind; but how wonderfully Paul Nicholas and Jan Francis play to each other strengths. The timing of Jan Francis in particular is absolutely superb.
I cant wait for series 3 and the Christmas specials to be released. Come on Playback; what about it!!
Vic Moorcraft
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "emmalouchu" on 18 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
I was too young to watch them first time round but I distinctly remember the laughter through the walls as I lay in bed with my teddy bear. So when I got my hands on Series 1 & 2 I was delighted. I was even more delighted as I started to watch, as the tears of laughter rolled down my face and then I cringed at the thought of not being able to see what happens next. I have been informed (unofficially) that 'Playback' is out of business and the BBC have no intentions on re-releasing series 3. So if there is anyone out there with a Production Company grab this opportunity while you can and put us all out of our misery.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on 22 May 2004
Format: DVD
At long last we have the official release of the classic John Sullivan series Just Good Friends. This was first broadcast 21 years ago and I am amazed it has not been released before now!
The DVD set contains the complete 14 episodes from series 1 & 2 - with the classic first episode where Vince and Penny bump into each other, 5 years after Vince jilting Penny at the alter. The scene in the restaurant where the waiter lights Vince's plastic cigarette is priceless alone!
Well done Playback for this release - I am just disappointed that for 3 discs containing the complete series 1 & 2 you couldn't have sneaked the Xmas special from 1984 on as an extra - but as long as you release series 3 and the two Xmas speicals soon you are forgiven!
A classic and funny programme, well worth your money and well worthy of the mighty John Sullivan as writer - classic lines throughout!
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