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An understated classic!!,
This review is from: As Time Goes By Series 1 & 2 [DVD] (DVD)
As Time Goes By is the type of sitcom that seems to be out of vogue with modern television producers, especially American ones. It is hilarious, but in a genuinely understated sort of way. What makes it even more funny is that the characters are pretty realistic. This makes it all the more believable and it is because of this that the series is even funnier. There are essentially four key characters.
Jean Pargetter is a widow who runs a succesful secretarial agency. She has a reputation as a taskmaster, which has led to her being known as 'Crabapple' and 'Iron Drawers'.
Lionel Hardcastle is a fussy, rather grumpy old man who spent a large portion of his life growing coffee in Kenya. He is now back in the UK doing lectures and writing a book about his life in Kenya, entitled 'My Life In Kenya'. The title is a running joke throughout the first two series.
Judith Hanson is Jean's attractive daughter. She works for her mother, who uses her to win over angry customers with her charm and her seduction tactics which Lionel describes as 'artless'.
Alistair Deacon is Lionel's rich young publisher. He drives an Aston Martin and insists on calling Lionel by various nicknames. Mostly 'mate' and 'Li'.
Jean and Lionel were lovers in the fifties but lost touch due to Lionel's posting in the Korean War. They meet again thirty eight years later(in the first episode). The first two series revolve around Lionel's book as well as Jean and Lionel's relationship. It twists and turns and provides tons of laughs. This set has thirteen episodes and is well worth the money. If you want to be seriously enteratined, check this out. They also have a high re-watching value, so you can enjoy them over and over again. :)