on 8 July 2009
This is a must for British comedy fans, great light viewing with well known supporting actors, Peggy Mount @ Pat Coombes are great together in this with Peggy the loveable battle-axe @ Pat as her mischief friend.
Very worth watching all the series , A nice cosy 1970's trip back in time, its so easy to see why the public miss all our much loved comedy stars of TV no longer with us sadly, They made TV at its best.
A wonderful series so watch them all.
on 22 March 2010
If you have never seen this series it is quite simply WONDERFUL. It is totally inoffensive, gentle, and very sweet. I remember this when I was growing up and I really loved Pat Coombs who plays Cissy Lupin. She was so dizzy and played it so well. Battle axe Flora is equally so well played by Peggy Mount. All of these characters were and still are totally believable, real and for me very special. I would happily have had a retired for home for gentlefolk if I had ladies such as these.
This is laugh out loud humour, not vulgar, not offensive just real funny lines and ladies. Rather like In Loving Memory with Thora Hird (1920's) except this is more modern day (1970's). You can buy this for anyone who loves old fashioned british humour and you won't go wrong. There is no swearing it wont make you cringe and you can watch it quite safely in the company of anyone.
How I miss these marvellous ladies of comedy. They can never be replaced.
on 11 December 2015
The eight instalments from the second series, 1978 vintage , are all here, each one about 25 minutes long, and each divided into two by what would originally have been the commercial break They all make good light entertainment, suitable for the whole family (any suggestive innuendo is very infrequent, and is likely to be missed by viewers who are not alert for it.) I did not see the series when it was first shown on television, and was glad, on my wife's recommendation, to make acquaintance with it now. Of course, it is based in a "Retirement Home for Gentlefolk", though Peggy Mount, as Flora Petty, hardly falls into the "gentle" category, and it is the sparring between her and the others that is at the heart of most of the comedy in the series.