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5.0 out of 5 stars
Unsung comic genius, 25 Aug 2007
Hinge and Bracket, probably not everyone's cup of tea. A bit too twee for some, but hidden behind all that lace and light operetta is some wonderful,slightly naughty, British comedy, poking gentle fun at the English middle classes.
To watch episodes of "Dear Ladies" is to enter into the fictional English village of Stackton Tressel and be invited into the picturesque home of two of the leading lights of the community Dr.Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket.
Nothing ever much happens, they drink tea, chat on the phone to their friend Teddy, go to the library (SSSSHHH!!), gossip, gently bicker with each other,get stuck in the lift in the local department store, have a sherry... it's all very genteel.
Of course the main point behind it all is that H&B are a drag act. But as you may have gathered, not in a Lily Savage or Dame Edna sort of way. There is nothing malignant or cruel (a little bitchiness maybe) going on here.
The two actors, George Logan as Dr Hinge and Patrick Fyffe as Dame Hilda are FAULTLESS.I love them so much and if I'm ever feeling a bit down and the world feels grey and joyless I'll watch an episode of these two talented eccentrics and suddenly the world seems an OK place to be.
Mr. Fyffe sadly is no longer with us, he died in 2002, but I for one think he was a comic genius and his creation Dame Hilda Bracket was perfect.
Don't expect anything radical or boundary pushing, but if you're of the right mind-set,do expect to be entertained.