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A great series
on 15 August 2009
I came to As Time Goes By with a different perspective to most people, that is after the entire series was completed and the cast scattered to the four winds. There would always be the odd episode shown occasionally on a Sunday afternoon and it was then when watching it that I began to find it funny and very witty. The next thing I knew it was a case of, "Oh, As Time Goes By is on again" with the family gathering round: we knew what to expect.
We needed a new TV this year - it was just becoming too long in the tooth - so got one with a DVD player. Of course then it was a question of finding some discs to test it out since the video tapes from the old system were now redundant. And as luck would have it, I came across both boxed sets on Amazon and sent off for them. They came back quickly and with no drama. We popped the first one in early on one evening and finished up - as on consecutive nights - watching 4 or 5 episodes continuously, roaring with laughter then trotting off to bed with a smile on our faces. We couldn't get enough of them. And duly repeated the process until we'd polished off the entire set, which gives you some idea of how we felt about them by then.
The quirks and foibles in the characters of all of the participants are shown in a gentle, humorous and very understanding and forgiving kind of way, which develops over a long period of time. The side-tracks in the lives that each of them undergoes and the way that the different generations interact with each other is perceptive and like all good work is made to seem both believable and natural. And of course it's always seen from the point of view of humour; some of it verging on the surreal at times, with conversations wandering into places that bear little resemblance to the original threads. The acting and timing of all the participants are exemplary and the scripts believable; quirky, simple yet giving insight into each member of the family.
I think that As Time Goes By shows the BBC in its very best light: it's extremely well-made entertainment which brings great credit on all involved in it. With a simple premise of two young people in love, being separated by a twist of fate throughout the greater part of their lives yet finding their way back into each other's arms in middle age with nothing really fundamental changing works very well indeed.
In conclusion, I can only add my voice to those who love this genuinely excellent series. If you like humour that is pithy with characters who appear to be conventional yet are at times eccentric and slightly mad, yet at the same time who don't curse, don't have deep-rooted psychological problems and are on the whole balanced and well-rounded individuals then it's for you. Highly recommended.