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A gentle 1970s comedy - a look back down memory lane.
on 8 March 2008
A very accurate review by "Three Legged Cat"
I only saw a few episodes when it was first shown in the late 1970s, and I remember I seemed to like it. It has apparently been repeated since on the BBC but I missed it.
Having watched the box set now I can add that it is very much a comedy focusing on mid-life crises (of all the three main characters) - perhaps that's why I'm drawn to it as I'm now well into my forties. One, niggling aspect of the writing is that the dialog sometimes slips into a personal Carla Lane rant (animal welfare etc), although, as I have most of Carla Lane's collections it is not totally unexpected.
As an aside, I have just finished watching the 'My Family' boxset, and it seems slightly odd that both series deal with a dysfunctional family consisting of a dentist called Ben and their slightly confused wifes!
A few remarks about the actual DVD production. The video and audio quality are excellent - besides the obvious giveaway of 1970s suburbia they look as if they could have been filmed yesterday. The only fault I can find, and hence the 4 out of 5, is that the attractively simple DVD menus provided do not contain an episode selection, which is a real pain when trying to get back to to next episode. The only way to select an episode is to skip though the whole chapter menu until you find it.
Other than the DVD menu, which is obviously an irritation to me at least, I would highly recommend this series, although I doubt many under forties would find it racy enough, or understand the subtlety of this gentle 1970s comedy. Also as I write, this boxset is at a bargain price from Amazon.