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This review is from: Outside Edge : The Complete First Series [DVD] (DVD)
This is possibly Blethyn's finest hour, while Spall, Daws and Lawrence are all great fielders in this brilliantly nuanced comedy-drama. You'll be knocked for six by the witty understated playing of all the cast, and the spot-on script.
In short, Mim (Blethyn) is the long-suffering wife of Roger (Daws) captain of the local cricket team. Every saturday she makes the teas and puts up with the years and years of chauvenistic banter. But then one of the players, Kevin (The sublime Spall) introduces Maggie (Lawrence) into the mix. Maggie and Mim are unlikely friends, but Mim is suddenly, equisitely, painfully, aware of her situation. As the team prepare to face Fatty Willacott's Cromer Mob, the tempers fray and scerets spill out. It's like Mike Leigh with more laughs, Like Desperate Housewives in Surrey. It's like the Good Life on a cricket field. And it is superb.
Interestingly, the original play (disc 2) with a promising cast (Prunella Scales etc) is nothing like a funny. The series is just right - the music (Carmen, Peter & The Wolf...), the comic timing, the discreet gestures, the delivery of the script is utterly brilliant. The series showcases a masterclass in comic acting, and indeed script writing. Perfection!
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2009 11:48:00 GMT
Wowbagger the Infinite says:
I was going to write a review of all of the Outside Edge DVD's, but you've said it all for me! Great review of a great series. Well done.
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