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A.J. Wentworth BA - The Complete Series [DVD]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2013
This DVD has attracted polarised reviews; I think I understand why. Fans of other Arthur Lowe sitcoms may have been disappointed to find that this is something altogether gentler which would have been ruined by an audience: it's not about belly laughs but wry chuckles. Accept that, and the fact it dates from the time when sitcoms were shot on video, and there's quite a lot to savour.

That said, I do think some of the slapstick moments are a little bit clumsily handled: books obviously dropped rather than knocked out of Arthur Lowe's hand, for example.

And fans of H.F. Ellis already primed to expect something in a lower key than other Arthur Lowe vehicles may have their own reservations for different reasons. I remember watching and quite enjoying this when it came out in the mid eighties, but feeling that it didn't quite live up to HF Ellis's original pieces, which can be found in several collections (Faber have recently reissued The Papers of A. J. Wentworth, B.A.).

The trouble is that in print Wentworth is the narrator: we see things from his point of view and have the fun of imagining how others react to him. As with Diary of a Nobody, an adaptation can't quite supply the same thing: we've got the people in front of us and our hero is suddenly a little more buffoonish.

Nevertheless, this is probably as well realised as it could be - and certainly Harry Andrews as the Squid (the headmaster of Burgrove) well deserves his status as co-star, hinting at suppressed giggles each time A.J. tries to explain his latest mishap. The actor playing Gilbert isn't given that much to do but you do buy his affection for A.J. The schoolboy actors are okay, not great. It passes the time most agreeably, and it doesn't deserve the opprobrium heaped on it by some reviewers, but essentially it's an homage to the original pieces, not a replacement for them.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2012
Quite a blast from the past! Arthur Lowe's last TV series, and perhaps not up to what had gone before (Dad's Army in particular), but it is a channce to see a bit more of the sort of character that he played so well.
Nice to see the period settings properly observed.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A lovely, gentle comedy, based on a series of beautifully crafted short stories, this is not for those who prefered the Dads Army of Jones hanging from a tower or disguised as a log, but for anyone who loved the interplay of Mainwaring and Wilson, or appreciated the more subtle character based comedy of that show, this is the perfect send-off for one of Britain's all-time great comic actors. Lowe as the absent-minded, old-fashioned prep school teacher barely in control of his 3A class is perfectly cast and rises to the occasion, but the entire cast are excellent.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2012
Ilove the bumbling good intentions of this character played by the imitable Arthur Lowe .

All his characters are similar from Mr Mainwaring to this inept school master. A gentle comedy, very funny pity there was only the one disk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2013
I bought this series because I'm a 'fan' of Arthur Lowe's work. It was quaint period piece from towards the end of Arthur's long career. I felt the writing wasn't up to scratch and he didn't have a good support cast - certainly no where as good as Dad's Army. He seemed quite tired and his comic timing was very muddled, IMO. Still, I have no regrets buying this bit of TV comedy history.

Great service from Amazon as always.

Bazza
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2012
This a very short serial, with only six episodes. But it is really marvellous, with great features and a theme that reminds to "Mr. Chipps" adventures. In this case, the leading role is the one of a veteran maths teacher, who works in a private school for kids. This part is played by the amazing Arthur Lowe (in one of his lastest featurings). This unforgettable comic shows his versatility as one of the best British humorist of all times. Very recomendable!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2012
The dvd arrived very quickly despite the Christmas post and I settled down to watch it. Am in the midst of watching it and wanted to say it is a lovely and happy trip down memory lane watching dear Arthur Lowe at his besy. Well done.
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We had never seen A.J. Wentworth BA before buying this DVD. We had just finished Dad's Army which also had Arthur Lowe in, but this was totally new to me.

While I have to agree with some of the other reviewers, it's not "amazing", but truth be told I really did enjoy it. Just a shame they only made 6 episodes, but understandable with Arthur Lowe passing away.

Disk
Episode 1 - A Day In The Life Of... (12th July 1982)
Episode 2 - Mud Larks (19th July 1982)
Episode 3 - Problems, Problems (26th July 1982)
Episode 4 - Illa Goes To War (2nd August 1982)
Episode 5 - Founder's Day (9th August 1982)
Episode 6 - The Outsider (16th August 1982)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I loved this series. It brought back memories of a wonderful actor and his characterisation of Wentworth cannot be surpassed.
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on 28 July 2015
Very poor series - badly written and badly acted except for Arthur Lowe. Painful to watch and after suffering two episodes it went down to the chrity shop ...........I know - it was not very charitable of me to palm it off on them but at least they will get some money for it!!
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