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on 27 June 2011
It pleases me to see 'Romany Jones' on D.V.D. at last. It was Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney's first comedy series since 'On The Buses', and while it never rivalled that show in terms of popularity, nevertheless was a solid hit that ran to four series. The late James Beck ( 'Walker' from 'Dad's Army' ) starred as 'Bert Jones', a good for nothing layabout who lives in a ramshackle caravan with his new wife, Betty ( the lovely Jo Rowbottom ). Their neighbours are thick-as-two-planks 'Wally Briggs' ( Arthur Mullard ) and his nagging wife 'Lil' ( Queenie Watts ).

Surprisingly, only two of the first series' episodes are actually by Wolfe and Chesney. The rest were by Jon Watkins ( who'd also worked on 'Bless This House' ), Jonathan Lynn and George Layton ( from 'Doctor In The House' ), and Chris Boucher ( later to work on 'Dr.Who' and 'Blake's 7' ). The scripts are not particularly brilliant - usually revolving around Bert's attempts to get rich without doing any work - but the cast keeps it together. That catchy Roger Whitaker theme will be in your head for days afterwards!

Shortly after recording a second season, Beck died of peritonitis. A new young couple - played by Jonathan Cecil and Gay Soper - moved into the Jones' caravan. Unlike the common as muck Bert and Betty, Jeremy Crichton-Jones and wife Susan were ever so posh, providing a nice contrast with the Briggs.

Don't buy this expecting another 'Dad's Army', its light years from that show in terms of scripts and acting. But by I.T.V. standards of the time, its pretty good.
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on 9 March 2011
It's about time this was released. I remember watching this as a 9 year old and enjoying it enormously. It's a bit strange that the sequel to it (Yus, my dear) has been available on DVD for a while now.
Dad's Army fans (of which I am one) will enjoy watching the late, great James Beck in what must have been one of his last roles before his untimely death at the ridiculously young age of 44.
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on 10 April 2011
I TOO REMEMBER THIS SERIES MYSELF USED TO BE ON ITV ABOUT 7 15 SUNDAY NIGHTS WHEN I WAS ABOUT 12 CANT WAIT TO SEE IT AGAIN IT WAS JAMES BECKS LAST SHOW THAT WHY IT FINISHED EARLY AND THE SERIES YUS MY DEAR WAS CREATED BY THE SAME CREATORS OF ON THE BUSES AND THE RAG TRADE I DO LIKE THE NETWORK RELEASES OF STUFF THAT WASNT AVAILAVBLE ON VIDEO BE SEE HOW GOOD IT STAND THOUGH THE TEST OF TIME
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on 20 June 2011
I think there must be a whole generation of 10-11 year olds who watched this on a sunday night , i loved it i remmber ithad the guy from dads army and that big old lump from chitty chitty bang bang arthur mullard
superb , next ill be buying folly foot and the double deckers
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on 8 July 2011
Romany Jones, the prequel comedy series to Yus My Dear. Really loved watching this show for the first time in my life, it just has so many fun moments that make you want to laugh out loud really, I can't wait till they release the 2nd series to this great show, roll on series 2 this was comedy at it's best 10/10 a must have for all who love nostalgia in classic comedy!
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on 24 April 2013
we bought this for a gift for my mother in law,
she loved it and remembered watching it when
it was on the tv and keeps watching and laughing.
it put a smile on her face and keeps me in her good
books!!
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on 1 September 2014
Not as funny as when u were a kid and hav to watch the credits after every episode
still things are not the same when you hav grown up, fast delivery so thank u for that
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on 23 March 2013
BRILLIANT Comedy with a taste of its own; the late james beck and authur mullard are tops: i look forward to getting the 2nd series very soon
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on 19 July 2015
So good - all the actors excel - bit enclosed stuck in a caravan all the time - but of course that is the point of the series.
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on 16 December 2012
Got this for my parents along with the second series and it gave them a good laugh on a rainy day.
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