- Actors: Alan Davies, Lesley Sharp, Jessica Stevenson, Daniel Ryan, Penelope Wilton
- Format: VHS
- Studio: Carlton
- VHS Release Date: 15 April 2002
- Run Time: 276 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0000634AM
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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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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. And I wish for a Rose in my life. And not just repeated loony tunes.
Ten years since its making I've watched the double vhs tape many times. The dvd has subtitles to catch the odd word lost in a disco crowd. I never did catch what Rose said: 'I'm just a passing whore' I thought, but is: 'I'm just a passing hole' as they turn away in disgust. Mockery was never so well honed as here. It's the kind of script that banishes all fantasies of writing for television or film, that this reviewer sometimes entertains, into the oblivion of oblivion. Heaven is what we create between us. Sometimes it rains. Adores.
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.
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