Set in and around Manchester, Mount Pleasant
is a sitcom that's pulled together an impressive cast to go through quite familiar motions. And do you know what? It works. There's nothing radical, and it's not the kind of show that's looking to push the proverbial formula in anyway, or tackle edgier issues. But it is
The storylines to Mount Pleasant have a bit of a mild soap opera-ish feel to them, but it's the characters and performances that help lift things. So, there's Sally Lindsay, Liza Tarbuck, Angela Griffin and Pauline Collins amongst the ensemble, who mine good comedy out of seemingly trivial situations. But credit, too, to writer Sally Hooper. She juggles plenty of characters, and puts enough strands into low-key situations to keep things interesting. It's zippy enough too to never outstay its welcome.
Mount Pleasant is never likely to top too many peoples' lists of their favourite comedy dramas, but there's something warm, bubbly and likeable about the show, that means it's likely to be rewatched. By way of extra incentive, the DVD comes with a special behind the scenes featurette, which doesn't go to forensic levels of depth, but is diverting enough. The show itself? It's recommended. --Jon Foster
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Anamorphic Widescreen, Behind the scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The laughter, tears and hot-tubs of thirty-something life in a Northern suburb. Starring Sally Lindsay and Daniel Ryan with Bobby Ball, Pauline Collins, Angela Griffin, Siān Reeves, Liza Tarbuck and Paula Wilcox. Lisa (Sally Lindsay) has a pretty good life: a ten-year, mostly-happy marriage to plumber Dan, a nice house in suburban Manchester, deliciously batty parents who call in every day to do her housework and a job in a recruitment agency with two gossipy-but-fun friends. But Lisa's never really happy unless she has something to worry about... Has Dan taken a fancy to their man-eater neighbour Bianca? Is her smock top really being mistaken for a baby bump? And, while she's wondering just what might happen between her and the sexy and single Jack, she totally misses the fact that Dan is being eyed-up by recently widowed cafe owner Kate... ...Mount Pleasant (Series 1) - 2-DVD Set ( Mount Pleasant - Series One )