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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great British humor!
Howard Booth (played by inestimable Peter Bowles) is an inveterate liar and con artist, and now that he is out of prison, he needs somewhere to stay. Descending on the home of his sister and long-suffering brother-in-law, Mary and Trevor Mountjoy (Rosalind Ayres and George Cole) he quickly shows that little has changed. However, the Mountjoys have a neighbor who is a...
Published on 12 Jan 2004 by Kurt A. Johnson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Eric Chappell's best, but still OK
Eric Chappell was one of the most successful sitcom writers of the 70s/80s, with hit shows including RISING DAMP, ONLY WHEN I LAUGH, DUTY FREE and HOME TO ROOST. For those not in the know, THE BOUNDER was originally broadcast in 1982/83, with the series opening with Howard (Peter Bowles) taking up residence with his sister, Mary (Rosalind Ayres) and her estate agent...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great British humor!, 12 Jan 2004
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Kurt A. Johnson (Marseilles, IL USA) - See all my reviews
Howard Booth (played by inestimable Peter Bowles) is an inveterate liar and con artist, and now that he is out of prison, he needs somewhere to stay. Descending on the home of his sister and long-suffering brother-in-law, Mary and Trevor Mountjoy (Rosalind Ayres and George Cole) he quickly shows that little has changed. However, the Mountjoys have a neighbor who is a wealthy widow; for Howard it is love at first sight!
This boxed-set contains two DVDs, which contain a total of seven of the half-hour episodes - the entire first series of this two series show! This is a great show, with lots of witty dialogue, and lots of that great British humor. Plus, it stars Peter Bowles, need I say more? I highly recommend these DVDs to any fan of British comedy.
He's Not Heavy, He's My Brother-In-Law - Series 1, episode 1 (April 16, 1982) - Howard's out of prison, but his terrible leg injury means that he cannot possible work a normal job. But, when Trevor notices that Howard's cane is often left behind, he begins to get suspicious...
Howard At The Majestic - Series 1, episode 2 (April 23, 1982) - When Howard forgets the Mountjoy's anniversary he has to think fast. Oh yeah, he can con the Majestic into giving them a free meal. Sadly for Trevor, Howard's little con begins to unravel.
We'll Go No More A-Roving - Series 1, episode 3 (April 30, 1982) - Now that Trevor is leaning on Howard to get a job, Howard needs a way out and decides that he will become a great author. His novel is a bust, but his poem is greeted with universal acclaim. Now, let's hope no one realizes that Howards stole it from Lord Byron!
Raising The Wind - Series 1, episode 4 (May 7, 1982) - Howard needs money, so he returns to his old bank. Sadly, there is a new manager there who knows him. So, there's nothing else to do, Howard will have to con the money out of him!
On Approval - Series 1, episode 5 (May 14, 1982) - Howard wants to buy the wealthy and available Laura's affections, but he has no money - what he needs is a con. Getting a very expensive bracelet on approval, Howard knows that Laura will reject such an expensive gift, but think highly of him for thinking so much of her. But, when Laura gladly accepts the bracelet, it's up to Howard and Trevor to get it back!
Suspicion - Series 1, episode 6 (May 21, 1982) - When Howard and the Mountjoys go shopping, Howard discovers a shoplifter who happens to be an old cell-mate. Unfortunately, Trevor also discovers the thief, and his attempt to set a high moral tone only lands him in trouble. Now it's up to Howard to rescue Trevor and set everything right.
The Rival - Series 1, episode 7 (May 28, 1982) - Laura has finally fallen in love...with an Italian count! Howard has to act fast and break this romance up. Suspecting that the count is really a con-artist, Howard maneuvers Trevor into hiring a private detective, but the results are something Howard never bargained for!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great British humor!, 14 Jan 2004
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Burjiz (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
Howard Booth (played by inestimable Peter Bowles) is an inveterate liar and con artist, and now that he is out of prison, he needs somewhere to stay. Descending on the home of his sister and long-suffering brother-in-law, Mary and Trevor Mountjoy (Rosalind Ayres and George Cole) he quickly shows that little has changed. However, the Mountjoys have a neighbor who is a wealthy widow; for Howard it is love at first sight!
This boxed-set contains two DVDs, which contain a total of seven of the half-hour episodes - the entire first series of this two series show! This is a great show, with lots of witty dialogue, and lots of that great British humor. Plus, it stars Peter Bowles, need I say more? I highly recommend these DVDs to any fan of British comedy.
He's Not Heavy, He's My Brother-In-Law - Series 1, episode 1 (April 16, 1982) - Howard's out of prison, but his terrible leg injury means that he cannot possible work a normal job. But, when Trevor notices that Howard's cane is often left behind, he begins to get suspicious...
Howard At The Majestic - Series 1, episode 2 (April 23, 1982) - When Howard forgets the Mountjoy's anniversary he has to think fast. Oh yeah, he can con the Majestic into giving them a free meal. Sadly for Trevor, Howard's little con begins to unravel.
We'll Go No More A-Roving - Series 1, episode 3 (April 30, 1982) - Now that Trevor is leaning on Howard to get a job, Howard needs a way out and decides that he will become a great author. His novel is a bust, but his poem is greeted with universal acclaim. Now, let's hope no one realizes that Howards stole it from Lord Byron!
Raising The Wind - Series 1, episode 4 (May 7, 1982) - Howard needs money, so he returns to his old bank. Sadly, there is a new manager there who knows him. So, there's nothing else to do, Howard will have to con the money out of him!
On Approval - Series 1, episode 5 (May 14, 1982) - Howard wants to buy the wealthy and available Laura's affections, but he has no money - what he needs is a con. Getting a very expensive bracelet on approval, Howard knows that Laura will reject such an expensive gift, but think highly of him for thinking so much of her. But, when Laura gladly accepts the bracelet, it's up to Howard and Trevor to get it back!
Suspicion - Series 1, episode 6 (May 21, 1982) - When Howard and the Mountjoys go shopping, Howard discovers a shoplifter who happens to be an old cell-mate. Unfortunately, Trevor also discovers the thief, and his attempt to set a high moral tone only lands him in trouble. Now it's up to Howard to rescue Trevor and set everything right.
The Rival - Series 1, episode 7 (May 28, 1982) - Laura has finally fallen in love...with an Italian count! Howard has to act fast and break this romance up. Suspecting that the count is really a con-artist, Howard maneuvers Trevor into hiring a private detective, but the results are something Howard never bargained for!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy, 25 April 2014
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S. A. Bollongino "Bookaholic" (Berlin, Germany) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Bounder - Complete [1982] [DVD] (DVD)
Classic comedy from a classic team. Extremely funny and silly. Two series were probably enough but they are both little gems of comedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Eric Chappell's best, but still OK, 26 Mar 2013
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Alan James "Maebuschfan" (UK) - See all my reviews
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Eric Chappell was one of the most successful sitcom writers of the 70s/80s, with hit shows including RISING DAMP, ONLY WHEN I LAUGH, DUTY FREE and HOME TO ROOST. For those not in the know, THE BOUNDER was originally broadcast in 1982/83, with the series opening with Howard (Peter Bowles) taking up residence with his sister, Mary (Rosalind Ayres) and her estate agent hubby, Trevor (played by George Cole) after his release from prison after serving time for fraud.

Howard is your archetype cad/conman - a flamboyant individual who schemes and charms his way through life. Staid brother in-law Trevor is often bemused by Howard's antics. Laura (Isla Blair) is the attractive wealthy widow living next door who is frequently subjected to Howard's romantic overtures which usually go wrong....and that basically is that. Actually, for those familiar with Eric Chappell's 'Only When I Laugh', it's very noticeable that the Howard character borrows heavily from the upper-class Archie Glover (also played by Bowles).

What helped to make 'OWIL' so funny was the inclusion of the strong working-class character Roy Figgis (James Bolam)..an interfering busybody who provided the perfect foil for the pompous Glover, as the class war raged on the hospital ward. In 'The Bounder' however, the main characters are homogenous middle-class individuals, which I feel in this case has contributed to a lack of real diversity in the storylines. The humour is very gentle & cosy, which in itself is not an issue but many of the episodes do have a 'samey' feel, with Howard's continual pursuit of Laura, while Trevor is often required to be little more than a victim or innocent observer. The standout episode for me would have to be 'On Approval' in which Howard's efforts to impress Laura with an expensive present go disastrously wrong.

The cast is a great one, with Peter Bowles in particular managing to lift the series with an excellent performance in spite of some pretty static scripts, his character interacts nicely with George Cole's Trevor. There are plenty of scenes to raise a smile but only a few laugh out loud moments. A TV series featuring such a stellar cast deserves at least 3-stars though.

THE BOUNDER only ran for two series, with just fourteen, 25-minute episodes produced. The picture & sound quality on this Network release is generally good. There are no extras or subtitles.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent early 80s sitcom, 26 Feb 2012
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This review is from: The Bounder - Complete [1982] [DVD] (DVD)
Years ago ITV used to screen numerous comedies. You would never have thought it judging by the stuff they screen today.
Back in 1982-83 ITV contractor Yorkshire Television made 14 episodes of The Bounder, a sitcom for all the family. Starring Peter Bowles as Howard, a fraudster just released from prison, and George Cole as his brother in law. Howard goes to live with his sister Mary upon release from jail and ends up in all sorts of comical capers. Bowles and Cole certainly add gravitas to the programme.
This is worth a watch as it has never been repeated as far as I am aware and I never saw it during the original run.
For around six hours of gentle old fashioned comedy, this is a boxset worth watching.
Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bounder - Complete [1982] [DVD], 27 Aug 2013
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This series used to make me lol when it was on TV! Still good to watch! Sadly the picture quality is not as good as it could be! I bought a used copy first & then a brand new copy & both were not great picture quality! But if you are a fan of the show it is worth buying! Just go for the cheapest deal! ;-)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wot a cad, 27 May 2011
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THIS HAS NEVER BEEN REAPEATED ON TV SINCE FIRST SHOWN IN 1982 PETER BOWLES IS AT HIS BEST IN THIS SITCOM ONLY SURPASSING HIMSELF IN ONLY WEN I LAUGH I THOUROUGHLY RECOMEND U TO CONSIDER THIS DVD AS A MUST HAVE FOR YOUR COLLECTION.
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10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bounder? Well, more like a boring uncle..., 26 Sep 2008
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Jarle L. Nyvoll (RANDABERG Norway) - See all my reviews
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"The Bounder" is a comedy series depicting the hilarious antics resulting from Peter Bowles' character being released from prison after serving two years at Her Majesty's pleasure and moving in with his sister and brother-in-law, played respectively by Rosalind Ayers and George Cole. Though "antics"? The scripts were written by Eric Chappel, who also wrote "Only When I Laugh". I enjoy watching OWIL, but mainly for the actors, and not the scripts. The situations seem forced, and the characters often act as if the word "intelligence" belongs to a foreign language. The scripts relay way too heavily on misunderstandings and coincidences - and on less than bright responses to those. But, with one notable exception, with the initials CS, the actors are superb and charming.

The same can be said of "The Bounder". Peter Bowles is on form, as usual, as the charming title character. George Cole does what he does best - and is excellent. The female characters - with Isla Blair as the beautiful neighbour Laura - are also very good. But the scripts are predictable, presenting the same tired situations you have seen hundreds of times before. Do we really need this? If you are a fan of the actors, as I am, by all means buy the series. Just don't expect a quality show.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars British sitcom, 23 Feb 2011
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Always great fun, these British sitcoms! Brilliant acting, effortless pleasure. A lovely break from daily sorrow and worries.... Some things reminded me of John Cleese in the unforgettable series "Fawlty Towers"...
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