Bob and Rose [DVD] 
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Bob Gossage (Alan Davies) is a thirtysomething teacher who has been gay all his life. Now however he quite unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with a woman, Rose Cooper (Lesley Sharp). Various confusions and misunderstandings ensue, with Rose's heartbroken ex-boyfriend Andy (Daniel Ryan), Bob's jealous colleague Holly (Jessica Stevenson), and his gay-rights campaigning mother Monica (Penelope Wilton) all getting caught up in the mix.
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Top Customer Reviews
Jessica Stevenson, as per usual, gives an outstanding performance as Holly - I hated her guts but at the same time, she was just so loveable...
Alan Davis and Lesley Sharp create a constant air of sexual tension - at first, I thought that there would be no great spark between the two but after watching the first episode I was left quite amazed! They do make the sweetest couple and after all, it is called Bob and Rose.
Bob and Rose is a wonderful piece of work - I guarentee you will not be disappointed.
Funny and charming, the story of a gay man who falls in love with a woman is beautifully acted and amazingly astute in its social observation (probably because it's very loosley based on the experiences of a gay friend of Davies'). The two leads are great, but the supporting cast (most notably Penelope Wilton as Bob's eccentric mother and Jessica Stevenson as his jealous best friend) are also extrordinary.
It's also shamelessly optimistic and uplifting, with some wonderful make-you-smile moments, aided by the lovely score. Its aim is to demonstrate how even the most ordinary, everyday scenario can yield the most wonderful things. In this it is an unqualified success - the final monologue makes you almost tearful it's so beautiful.
Bob and Rose tells the story of a gay man and a stright woman who fall in love. However, they have to overcome their own problems, the prejudices and actions of their friends, and the feelings of their parents.
Every single actor in this was perfectly cast, all suited their roles brilliantly. They managed to make the sub-plots almost as enticing as the main one.
Even though I know how it ends, every time I watch it it's like I'm seeing it for the first time.
One of the best shows in recent years.
As well as the immaculate acting I noticed the director's name. Julian Farino directed episode four of Rome: The Complete HBO Season 1 (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD]. Watching Bob and Rose the pace of the narrative is perfect. Shot by shot, close-up by close-up. The xylophone music like a character in the story. The casting is as natural as the landscapes of Manchester woven into the delicious script. A script that takes me inside of me. Not the gay stuff but the unity of Bob and Rose's unfolding relationship. My last review was for House Season 7 which could easily be subtitled 'An Anatomy of a Relationship.' Piece by piece, but somehow against the wind, Greg House and Lisa Cuddy try to get together. Russell T. Davies has written something far above their professional ills. Something natural in a mixed-up world where relationships are little more than convenient alliances. Something to talk about. Or worse.
It's a celebration of human diversity. Greed is embodied in the character of Rose's mum's new man; the James Bond loving Gadds. Sickly and eventually found-out. The happy ending is in-keeping with this drama's dive into the reality of living and not just working. Characters blossom. And bloom.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my favourite TV series of all time. I had it on Video and have now ordered it on DVD as I no longer have a video recorder! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jane Kendrick
I had seen it years ago and remembered it. I enjoyed it very much a second time and could not stop watching devouring it in two days! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Deb Wright
Great show, big Alan Davis fan, would recommend this dvd to anyone who enjoys watching Alan Davis as much as I do.Published 23 months ago by eva parry
I loved this series when it was on TV. I bought the DVD then as well but after all these years it's knackered through over-playing. Read morePublished on 20 July 2014 by L. Harris-johnson
Old TV show written by Russell TV Davies - of Torchwood, Dr Who, Casanova, The Second Coming, Queer as Folk (UK) etc fame.Published on 29 Mar. 2014 by deadcardinal
Love it! I watched this when it was first on and Lesley Sharp & Jonathan Davies were relatively unknown. It's still as good.Published on 29 Jan. 2014 by K L Owen
I loved this show when it was on the television. So I thought I would get it on DVD. I am so glad I did and would recommend it to anyone.Published on 8 Dec. 2013 by ginabina