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Waiting for God - Series 5 [DVD]


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  • Actors: Graham Crowden, Stephanie Cole, Daniel Hill, Janine Duvitski, Andrew Tourell
  • Directors: Sue Bysh, Gareth Gwenlan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KF0WU8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,284 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

All eight episodes from the fifth series of the BBC sitcom, starring Stephanie Cole as Diana Trent and Graham Crowden as Tom Ballard, two prickly residents of the Bayview Retirement Village who aren't quite ready to give up on life yet. Episodes comprise: 'After The Operation', 'The Bayview Conservation Society', 'A Royal Visit', 'Diana's Diet', 'Trouble With Men', 'Harvey The Priest', 'Bungee Jumping' and 'A Double Wedding'.

Synopsis

The fifth and final series of the award-winning British Comedy show featuring two elderly residents at the 'Bayview Retirement Village' who refuse to succumb to old age and the expectations that go with it. In Series Five, Tom lands in jail after a driving lesson goes awry. Meanwhile, following Diana's rejection of his marriage proposal Tom decides to go bungee jumping. At the edge of his leap Diana withdraws her refusal but lays doewstrict ground rules for their future married life.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Collins VINE VOICE on 17 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
Diana and Tom are back for the final series showing that when you hit retirement you don't have to become the steriotypical 'little old dear'.

Diana is still waging the endless battle against the idiot Bains who is still trying to have her evicted as well as attacking the gardner and driving the mobile library person up the wall (just two of her hobies) Tom is frustraiting his revolting daughter-in-law simply by still being alive.

The one down side of this series is that Michael Bilton who played Basil Makepeace died during the filming of series 4. His 'replacement' (Jane's Grandfather, Jamie) is not as good and the series did lose one of it's best caracters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Si Parallel Universe on 12 July 2009
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This series was always tinged with a little sadness knowing that this would be the last time we entered into the twin worlds of Diane Trent and Tom Ballard.

However one is left with a feeling of contentment and reassurance that all is well that ends well, even if its not quite how you would expect it to end. Will Jane convince Harvey "the Idiot" Baines (Daniel Hill) that she is the one for him ? Will Diane's Cynicism give way enough to allow her to tolerate the advances of Tom and his latest adventures with the stars to consent to spending the rest of her natural with him ?

Whilst not as laugh out loud as series one to four , theres enough deep affection, underlying scheming and satisfying irony to raise the level of mirth way beyond a knowing chuckle. Buy this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen E. Vice on 11 Oct 2009
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Having recently seen the series for the first time I had to have it on DVD! To my dismay, series 5 was not available in the US. To my delight, with the right DVD player and AmazonUK I could have it now. I love the ending episode of the series, I can imagine no other ending that would ring true for Tom and Diane. I hope I have their spirit when I reach retirement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a person of good taste on 5 Feb 2013
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We go on and on about US comedy. Why? when we produce wonderful stuff like this. We have it all really, great actors and actresses, writers and the production teams to go with it. Never mind cheers and the like, raise your glasses to comedy like this instead. Buy British and support the British!
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By Walter de la Mare on 23 April 2014
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Just a bit sad that there are no more series to follow this one but what a lovely ending to a fantastic series. I know I will watch all five series over and over again. British humour at its best.
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By A bookworm on 11 April 2014
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Loved this programme, so decided to buy the last in the series. Absolutely brilliant... I need to practice a bit more to be a 'Diana' !!!
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Waiting for God was one of the finest shows of the sitcom genre. Wickedly funny on so many levels, the humour relies on the superbly drawn character profiles, combined with excellent realisation by the cast.

If you're new to it, the 'plot' as such centres about a highly intelligent and previously outstandingly successful international photo-journalist, Diana Trent, who finds herself in a retirement home, and her neighbour, an ex-accountant, Tom Ballard, whose son and daughter-in-law now want him out of their house. To compensate for his previously rather staid existence, he invents a form of lunacy, in which he appears to believe he's exploring the Amazon, climbing Everest or going to the moon.

This apparently bizarre setting is rescued from ignominy by superb scripting, excellent acting but, above all, by the tactic of making only one character completely normal, around whom insanity whirls. On paper, this doesn't look much, but on screen it comes alive and it's easy to see why it was Bafta nominated and still shown around the world.

To complete the scene are the home manager, Harvey Baines, the personification of sliminess, and his hapless assistant, Jane, who experiences continual on-going unrequited love for her boss. It is the battles between Baines and Diana which create the tension and humour throughout, and this is aided by appearances from Tom's son and his daughter-in-law, Marion, arguably one of the greatest comedy creations in the show.

This is intelligent humour and outstandingly funny, providing wonderful comic moments as well as the occasional touching interlude, such as when Diana's niece, Sarah, played by Lucy Ashton, the one-time spouse of Martin Clunes, becomes pregnant.
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I have bought the whole series - a great 80s comedy, I just wish they'd made one more series. Stephanie Cole is so funny.
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