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A gem of a series!
on 27 March 2012
Penelope Keith in one of her best roles as Jean Price, newly elected Labour MP. Women at Westminster were chosen on merit and had a tough time in the late 80's/ early 90's and this three series comedy/drama captures this era perfectly.
There are some snappy one-liners and some moments of real heartfelt drama as Jean Price fights against stereotyping and the male dominance of Westminster whilst trying to do her best for her constituents and hoping to keep some semblance of private life for herself and her much loved husband.
The scripts are excellent and superbly interpreted by a top notch cast of the great and the good of british television. It's not the light and frothy comedy of "Executive Stress" nor the sitcom of "To the Manor Born" but a wonderful look at the power struggles of Westminster and the emerging role of women in national politics before those "quotas" were even thought of.
Don't expect a laugh a minute, don't expect the usual comedy situations but do expect fine timing, brilliant sarcasm, good characterisation and a depth of writing interpretation which says more in a few well chosen words than one expects. I'm surprised at the low star reviews given for series one: it set the stage very well in my opinion and the first episodes are absolute gems!
No Job for a Lady will stay with you long after the episode is finished and Penelope Keith is really superb as Jean Price in a role which is quite quite different to any other of her well-known characters.
I'm very much looking forward to the final series 3 after watching and enjoying series one and two.