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Outstanding, gentle and intelligent,
This review is from: Marion & Geoff - Series 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD]  (DVD)
This is intelligent gentle comedy at its finest. Keith is a simple and honest cab driver (series one), turned chauffeur to a rich dysfunctional American couple's child (second series). Keith's honesty and nativity are brilliantly written and delivered, wonderful lines from the banal to the sublime. First he loses Marion to Geoff, but constantly sings Geoff's praises; then an incident occurs preventing normal contact with his two "little smashers" from the separation, yet Keith remains optimistic throughout as he purchases gifts and meets them at motorway service stations. It's full of superb and wry moments, both funny and emotional. The viewer is taken through the full gamut of Keith's emotions which are delivered in monologue style by Rob Brydon from the confines of the car - which works perfectly. If you like Alan Partridge (and probably to a lesser extent The Office), you'll enjoy the similar character exploration and deconstruction - but this is a far more intense character study, and the viewer has far more sympathy with the character. Wonderful!