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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A FINE series., 1 Feb. 2008
A Fine Romance ran from 1981 to 1984. Written by "The Good Life" co writer Bob Larby, A Fine Romance follows the growing relationship between two shy middle-aged people. It starred a giant of theatre (but generally at that time, unknown to television) Judi Dench as Laura Dalton, and her real life husband (also better known as a theatre actor) Michael Williams, playing lead male Mike Selway. Supporting the husband and wife duo were Susan Penhaligon, playing Helen Barker, Laura's pretty and exasperatingly happily married younger sister and her husband Phil Barker (actor Richard Warwick).

Laura is plain but clever interpreter, and almost forty. Her sister and husband although well meaning (wanting the same wedded bliss, they have found, for Laura) forcefully introduce her to any of there allegeable male friends. The series opens with Laura talking to her sister while Helen gets ready for a party. Laura well knows another forced introduction is likely to be on the cards. It's only when at the last minute, the intended male friend can't make the party, does Phil invite Landscape gardening, bachelor Mike. Laura is unimpressed, with the bumbling Mike and seeks safety from the attentions of her sister and brother in-law (who continue to push her and Mike together, despite them hardly hitting it off), by hiding in her sister's bedroom. However when Mike stumbles into the same bedroom and they begin talking, they realise they had more in common than they first thought. There situations of being middle aged and single, put them on a even footing and decide to mutually help one another. Unlikely to be able to leave the party alone without either Phil or Helen pouncing on them, Laura and Mike choose to be seen leaving together, and so starts a fine romance...

A Fine Romance is a master piece of its author Bob Larby, genteel, restful, full of subtly and (as if you hadn't guessed it) funny. Its bitter - sweet and clever comedy, not full of belly aching laughs but sly jokes and real life observations that become funnier the more you watch them. I am a big Judi Dench fan (it was mainly for that reason I bought the series) however I must admit Michael Williams for me is the star of a fine romance. I defy anyone to watching a fine romance not to feel affection for Mike Selway, who so clearly has his limits but tries his hardest with stubborn Laura (who in return gives Mike a bit of much needed backbone).

Why then not five stars you may ask? There is nothing wrong with the writing, acting, direction or storylines, but it is a little dated (it was made over twenty years ago now) and might not be that watch able for some younger viewers. Im certainly not going to give away how it ends, but it is a FINE romance. And a FINE piece of television.


Butterflies: Complete BBC Series Collection (8 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Butterflies: Complete BBC Series Collection (8 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wendy Craig

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is like a Butterfly, 24 Jan. 2008
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Butterflies made in 1978-1983 was written by Carla Lane. It is a bitter sweet comedy about Ria Parkinson (Wendy Craig) a bored housewife, living in Cheltenham with her butterfly collecting dentist husband Ben (Geoffrey Palmer) and two grown sons Russell (Andrew Hall) and Adam (pre - only fools and horses Nicholas Lyndhurst).

Ria although happily married, feels her life is passing her by, locked in her suburban prison, her only occupation being never ending house work. Being taken for granted by both her husband and sons, when Ria meets by chance, the captivating Leonard Dunn (Bruce Montague) in a local café , it's a question of does Ria love Ben enough to remain faithful to him ?

After reading the above you might be mistaken in thinking that butterflies is heavy going, or full of lies and adultery...its neither! Its highly watch able, truly funny and above all, clever (something that seems to be missing from most modern sitcoms!).

Ok I'll be honest it's not your laugh out loud a minute comedy, it's subtle and more real. The characters don't do sitcom acting or reactions, they keep it grounded which adds to the realistic feel of Butterflies. As you watch you are genuinely torn along with Ria, swapping allegiance between Ben and Leonard, and caught up in the everyday stupidity of family life. I thoroughly enjoyed watching butterflies despite being unsure if it was going to be my kind of program. Butterflies deals with the question of being faithful to your spouse. Its not going to be light and fluffy, but a meaty program, which you can get your teeth into and chew over !
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Twelfth Night (Viola): Actors on Shakespeare
Twelfth Night (Viola): Actors on Shakespeare
by Emma Fielding
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be not afraid of greatness !, 16 Nov. 2007
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Twelfth Night is my favourite Shakespeare play. So after reading "Macbeth" (Actors on Shakespeare) by Harriet Walter (excellent book by the way) i searched for more in the Actors on Shakespeare series and found this book.

Emma Fielding wastes little time on pre-production or rehearsals but dives straight into the play. She unpretentiously, honestly, and humorously guides you through the play, much more from Viola's view point than her own, but touches lightly on her own experiences of playing the role. This book is a thoroughly good read for anyone who loves twelfth night, the theatre, Shakespeare, or is studying the play. The books focuses around Viola's journey within the play (after all Emma Fielding was playing Viola), however Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, Maria and Feste story is covered within the book. Also the book is short and sweet ( I read it in a couple of hours).

I loved reading this book. It helped me appreciate the play better than before. No doubt it won't me long before I am reading the book again soon.
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Kate Rusby: Live From Leeds [DVD]
Kate Rusby: Live From Leeds [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kate Rusby
Offered by Pure Records
Price: £12.00

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fairest of all DVDs ?, 11 July 2007
While hunting through Amazon recommendations, a cd popped up with a striking cover (it was the Kate Rusby album the girl who couldn't fly). After entering her details on itunes and listening to a clip of her voice I was hooked, buying Hourglass, Underneath the Stars, and Sleepless.

However it took me a fair while to get around to buying to buying this DVD, it floating around the top of my Amazon wish list for about 5 months. Not sure whether this "live" DVD would disappointed me (having been let down by various musical artists "live" DVDs). I didn't need to worry! This DVD is a treasure to any Kate Rusby fan!

From the start you can tell the DVD has been put together with care and attention to detail, the menus are particularly well designed and styled. Upon entering into the concert, I loved the venue, its beautiful and so intimate, (lucky Leeds to have such a stunning building!) I can well understand Kate's choice to film there, rather than London (even thought filming in London would have been easier!)

When I bought the DVD the lady in the shop said "oh you'll enjoy that she's funny" And to my mind I thought "oh yeah?" But Kate is! She is warm, chatty and amusing. (Refreshing change, to some other artists' have seen in concert, when the only communication with the audience consisted of huge chunks of swearing). She introduces each of her songs and gently jokes about them. John McCusker also makes for laughs, as well as blowing your socks off during the instrumental track "tunes". In fact not to slight Kate in anyway, but "tunes" is (one of many) highlights on the DVD, showcasing the united talent within the Kate Rusby Band (the DVD includes biographies of all the band members to read at leisure). The show is delightful, filmed simply and effectively. Kate performance is flawless through out, sounding exactly like she does on cd.

The Extras include an interview by Andy Kershaw, where they talk about how Kate started out, also featuring John McCusker. There are three interviews in total, Andy Kershaw one, one at her home (or what I think is her home) and finally a tour diary.

If you're a Kate Rusby fan you can't do no better than add this DVD to your collection.

(and thats from a southern softie )
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Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters
by Judy Astley
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Muddy Waters = Gloomly reading ?, 9 July 2007
This review is from: Muddy Waters (Paperback)
I was recommended Judy Astley as enjoyed Katie Ffordes books. Having read through the synopsises for a couple of her books, I choose Muddy Waters to start with, liking the idea of the island setting and potential conflict .

To begin with Judy Astley writing is delightfully effortless to get into. She has a chatty style of writing which keeps you buoyant through out the book. There are some nice characters that back up the main three (Stella, Abigail, and Adrian Stella's husband), Ruth is a particularly refreshing character (and stands out to my mind). You also are given enough information about the island to work out where everyone is and how things work, but not over dominating so you have endless paragraphs of description.

However I must agree with another reviewer not an awful lot happens! To be fair it feels like the last 75 pages got lost at the printers, but they went ahead a printed it anyway. The story works its self up to what appears to be a tense ending, but after the truth comes out there's no real explanation on how things will sort them self's out again (only three pages follow the exposure)? Only when you look back, you find that allot of the other characters storylines (which began very definitely) are ended abruptly with allot of the details skated over.

Having said that is still a excellent smooth undemanding read, worth indulging in!


Wild Designs
Wild Designs
by Katie Fforde
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasent KF Outing !, 2 July 2007
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This review is from: Wild Designs (Paperback)
Number1.

Katie Fforde isn't claiming to write classic, deep, meaningful books, I mean if that's what you want, go read War and Peace ! If you want a light, lively, feel good read you need look no further than Katie Fforde!

Number 2.

This is the last book I read of the current KF canon. I was somewhat reluctant to read this Wild Designs, being not so fond of the kf books with older lead character and not that keen on gardening! However this book doesn't knock my favourites of there top spots, its is a worthy read, more enjoyable I think than Paradise Fields (which got bogged down with legal information) It seems to cover a great deal of time in this book, keeping the pacing steady making a consistent read (this means you don't end up scan reading through the slow bits!) Althea's children are ok althou maybe a little underdeveloped and all the Althea sending Patrick way and then wanting him back was near to being bothersome (but that's me being nit picky)! I would have thought this book would have been especially enjoyable if you are a gardener. Being completely plant - illiterate my self allot of the garden stuff went over my head! Maybe when Im older and into gardening I'll pick it up and read again.

Basically

Need cheering up? Know your plants? Want something you can take pleasure in reading? On the beach? In the bath? Curled up with a glass of wine? .... Well here's the book to read


Artistic Licence
Artistic Licence
by Katie Fforde
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first KF read.....first of many :), 2 July 2007
This review is from: Artistic Licence (Paperback)
I bought this book because of its cover, bright cheerful looking I thought. And true enough that's what the book is, Katie Fforde isn't claiming to write classic, deep, meaningful books, I mean if that's what you want, go read War and Peace ! If you want a light, lively, feel good read you need look no further than Katie Fforde!

This was my first KF book, and one of my faves. Thea's life involves never-ending cleaning after her teenage lodges (one of which is called petal who you will be willing for Thea to slap as some points during this book!) till her bossy friend Molly drags her off to France for a holiday...100 pages in and Thea is trying to set up a gallery in the Cotswolds, amidst many trails!

Need cheering up? Want something you can enjoy reading? On the beach? In the bath? Curled up with a glass of wine? .... Well here's the book


Living Dangerously
Living Dangerously
by Katie Fforde
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like Polly...much., 2 July 2007
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This review is from: Living Dangerously (Paperback)
Number1.
Katie Fforde isn't claiming to write classic, deep, meaningful books, I mean if that's what you want, go read War and Peace ! If you want a light, lively, feel good read you need look no further than Katie Fforde!

I am a Katie Fforde fan I have enjoyed all of her books, because they are a light, lively and pleasurable read (that cheer you up). Most people comment that the character aren't realistic, well allot of people I know must be unrealistic then (as the characters constantly remind me of my family and friends)!

Living Dangerously I didn't enjoy as much as Artistic Licence, Stately Pursuits or Thyme out (which are my KF top reads). I found it really hard to warm to Polly, in general Im behind the lead character 100% but not this one! She was less than cheerful most of the time, which spoiled the feel in the rest of the book. David was a excellent hero who you got to know as the book went on, pity the same can't be said of the heroin. Still I good read, as all of Katie Ffordes book are, keep up the feel good work!


As Time Goes By - Series 6 - 7 Episodes[DVD]
As Time Goes By - Series 6 - 7 Episodes[DVD]
Dvd ~ Judy Dench
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £3.73

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Series 6, 2 July 2007
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Series 6

Contains a little more discord within Jean and Lionel's relationship. First with Lionel trying to track down Sandy's stalker despite Jean concerns and secondly with Jean facing up to retirement. Episode three where Lionel and Jean decide not to let Penny get a word in edge ways is very funny while in the back ground Alistair tries to win Judy back. Only achieving winning her back by bluff! Penny and Stephen get two outings in this series, when after the dinner party they come back to Holland park look at buying the house next door to Jean and Lionel's! The series ends with Jean now retired and bored, while Lionel added by Alistair, Judy and Sandy, try and surprise her with a holiday. Also policeman Harry makes his entrance into the As Time Goes By family in series six. A lovely collection of storylines from series six to enjoy


As Time Goes By - Series 5 [DVD]
As Time Goes By - Series 5 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Judi Dench
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £2.84

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Series Five, 2 July 2007
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Ok so Jean and Lionel have got married ...where can there story go now? Well it's true they have pretty much come all the way in relationship terms, but there is Judy and Alistair to follow and Sandy.

Series 5

Series five starts with Lionel and Jean setting off to the county to use the house in Hampshire for the first time. The vist doesn't go quite to plan resulting in becoming part of the county set ( look out for Leslie Philips wife playing Glenys). In Episode 2 we meet someone we have heard so much about, Lionel's wife Margaret! A bold move by Bob Larby after writing so many astonishing details about Margaret it would have been easy to make here one of those characters you never see like, Captain Mainwaring wife or Norm's wife Vera from cheers. A lot of the rest of the series centres on the house in Hampshire introducing us to Lol Ferris (brilliantly accented Tim Wylton) and his six brothers. I think highlight of the series is when Penny is convinced she is dyeing, and poor Stephen. The series ends on a high note again down in Hampshire


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