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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality series?
Fun as it was to see this quaint comedy again after all these years, has anyone noticed a strange quality to the video transfer? Almost like an NTSC conversion!
Published on 5 Dec 2007 by Mr. T. Alcock

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2.0 out of 5 stars Penrose
This series was well written,being by Roy Clarke. In my opinion though,the follow up, Rosie, was far funnier.
Published on 6 April 2009 by Michael Daley


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2.0 out of 5 stars Penrose, 6 April 2009
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Michael Daley "Big Mick" (Barking,England) - See all my reviews
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This series was well written,being by Roy Clarke. In my opinion though,the follow up, Rosie, was far funnier.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality series?, 5 Dec 2007
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Fun as it was to see this quaint comedy again after all these years, has anyone noticed a strange quality to the video transfer? Almost like an NTSC conversion!
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4.0 out of 5 stars DVD, 14 Dec 2012
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Watched and enjoyed the original series on TV many years ago, I would like toknow when is Rosie going to be on sale ?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hesitate Before Accepting this Reunion Party Invitation., 13 Jun 2008
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H. A. C. John "Heath St John." (London, England.) - See all my reviews
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Stories of sentimentalists journeying, or returning, to former times of perceived happiness, using the medium of their video and television machines, are numerous; Columbo, and the Twilight Zone, each had one, for example;but I should definitely buy such a device, reaching out, with exposed extended arm, as I am sucked through the screen, using my last exposed fingertips, to pull out the plug, thus preventing any possibility of a return to the late 20th and all of the 21st centuries; in this case, I might consider myself to have been rash.
For if Boredom's capital is Scotland's Isle of L****, then it might consider twining with its fictional near mirror-image, Slagcaster, England, somewhere north-of-north, I should hazzard, which was inhabited by the tribe of Penrose, whose native dress is policeman's dark blue; for, either they've had an exchange programme, or, by the light of general dimness, they have much in common.
Writer, Roy Clarke, occasionaly gives Paul Greenwood's new recruit some wistful, poignant, endearing, private reflections to speak, as a monologue of personal thoughts, which remind us of Wendy Craig's Ria, in Butterflies, or Leonard Rossiter's Reggie, in Perrin, but they are all too brief, and are soon interrupted by Bryan Pringle's Sergeant; an early t.v. example, all too common to-day, of an unrealistic, overbearing pantomime baddie, grimacing and bellowing his script to the back row that those in the front could tell you isn't worth hearing, rather than the sardonic, critical, smug-yet-resigned old-hand that he should have been directed to achieve.
How much better this show would have been had we seen Penrose tramping around town, trying to avoid unemployment, or the mill, or an overbearing mother, by volunteering for the night shift, with monologues separating scrape after ridiculous scrape, with naughty brats, disrespectful animals, and battleaxes, and no canned laughter.
Really, the added laughter is a little embarrasing; was this audience of an earlier generation so happy to find itself doing something other than hacking away at a coalface, that it, like eager parents, willing their child on to success in a school play, was prepared to laugh, generously, at anything?
There are amusing moments; and it's always a pleasure to see a world, and here it's speech, that owes nothing to our own, with the phrases and the anger and the un-remitting cynicism that's mistaken for wisdom, that our time gorges on, and, in that regard, it's a relief; but, (I counted them), for all it's gentleness, nostalgia, and humanity, eight or nine chuckle-worthy remarks, every twenty-five minutes or so, aren't enough, and so, in that respect, this qualifies it more for social history rather than for comedy.
Lastly, the previous reviewer was right, the transfer is very good, but not quite clear; there's a haze of very fine spray wafting in, over the sets, from the town's treatment works.
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