Terry & June - Series 8 Volume 2 [DVD]
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Where other sitcoms thrived on conflict and tension, the title characters from Terry and June were happily married, middle-aged and middle-class. But despite the blandness of the setting, the series ran to 65 episodes over nine series in its eight-year reign. Why? Well, though it was rarely laugh-out-loud funny the presence of two of Britain's best-loved comedy actors - Terry Scott (the Carry On films) and June Whitfield (Absolutely Fabulous) made this a cosy guilty pleasure. Plots inevitably revolved around Terry's attempts to ingratiate himself with his boss, or his inability with inanimate objects, with disaster usually being averted by the long-suffering June.
This DVD contains episodes from the penultimate eighth series.
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My gripe is the way that 2 Entertain rip their customers off. They released Terry And June series 8 as the complete series but it wasnt. They missed out the last 7 episodes and now they have released them as series 8 volume 2 and are charging around £10. This means that series 8 will now cost the average customer around £22. Why didn't they release all episodes in one volume ? It is yet another case of 2 Entertain being greedy and ripping of fans of classic television.
Terry Scott and June Whitfield star in this Eighth series of "Terry and June".
This is an entertaining bit of farcical comedy that has a lot to offer. Series Eight has some very fine episodes indeed with true comedy and a warm, comfortable and very experienced approach to comedy.
This Eighth series was transmitted in 1985. It was originally transmitted between September and December that year. (The episodes on this release are from October to December) These episodes could have been transmitted in the previous year 1984 but they were not. (The last episodes from series seven had been transmitted in 1983). So by 1985 there had been a gap and to make up for it there were thirteen episodes in series eight. The last episode represents the Christmas edition for that year. This release contains the last seven episodes and you need volume one to complete the run.
It is still a very entertaining series nearly thirty years later.
Each episode has a different and brief comedy intro as the opening credits begin. They are the same intros that were used in season three, four, five, six and seven Each is a variation on the same idea that Terry takes some drinks outside to join June for a nice sit in the garden. But each version is different and slapstick.
This is an excellent set of seven programmes from a classic comedy and when you consider the stuff that's passed off as comedy these days you realise just how good Terry and June really were.
A dustcart goes into Terry's car while June is driving and the driver blames June. Terry decides to take him to court and represent himself, using TV and film fictional barristers as his education to be a lawyer. In another episode Sir Dennis wants to see European TV on a Satterlte dish. Terry boasts that he has one, but he doesn't. Sir Dennis says he is coming to look at it. The race is on to get one and set it up. In another episode The Police are looking for a villain who looks like Terry. Terry tries to disguise himself to avoid confusion and in doing so creates confusion.
In the final episode, the Christmas special, everyone at work is to be in the Pantomime and Terry and June are playing the Cow.
The whole series is good with some episodes being funnier than others, but always humorous and entertaining.
At the time of its transmission the series was often mocked and scoffed at. It was criticised by some people as being too corny and old fashioned. It was traditional comedy and not "alternative". Other people loved it. I really liked it back then and have even more respect for it now. It may not be non-stop roaring with laughter comedy, (what show actually is like that?) but it does have some very funny moments. Terry and June Medford are an ordinary middle class couple who live in suburban Purley. Terry is accident prone, helpless and over ambitious. June is his long-suffering wife who has to cope with the mess that Terry gets into.
Terry works for Sir Dennis Hodge who often calls at the Medford's home just at the wrong time.
Terry is well intentioned but many misunderstandings lead to a lot of farcical situations and Terry and June always get into complications trying to get out of the situations they find themselves in.
June Whitfield is excellent and Terry Scott is also very good with his comic expressive face and timing. Both Terry Scott and June Whitfield offer us a warm and inviting performance.
This Eighth series is a good classic comedy that should not be forgotten.
Watching this does sadden one a bit - hearing the Dallas tune at the end of one episode reminds me just how great Carry On Texas could have been ( Terry Scot was due to be in that one in 1987). Also what a shame that they never finished filming Terry & June The Movie. But one ought to be grateful for having these lovely series of this fine sitcom available on DVD - they never fail to cheer me up ! This comic gem puts a lot of modern rubbish to shame and is a must for people with a well developed funny bone !
I received Series 8 Volume 2 today, and there is a world of difference between the programs on this DVD, and Series 8 Volume 1! It's as if Terry and June are five years older, Terry is genuinely angry all the time, and the scripts are nowhere near as good as 8:1. Does anybody know why this is? There is a noticeable and marked difference in 'feel' between Series 8 Volume 2 and Series 8 Volume 1, and I found these episodes very disappointing. All the actors seem to have lost their magic, which they had in the earlier series. Terry's boss is completely different, even from the first moment he appears, in the second programme, he is a different man (as it were). It's as if the entire DVD has been 'BBC-fied' - i.e. turned into the pointless rubbish 'comedies' that they started churning out in the years after Terry and June. (You know, the sort of comedies that simply weren't funny, and that got an audience purely because they were shown during peak viewing hours, and people watched them because there was nothing better on the other side).
Here's hoping that Volume 9 is better.
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