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modern antique humour
on 18 December 2010
It never ceases to amaze me how the British writers can take almost any subject and make a sitcom out of it. Here we have two former antique shop partners, who separate and set up shops in opposition to each other. Both are divorced, one who considers himself upper-class and has a handsome son, whilst the other from a working class Welsh background has a stunningly beautiful daughter. Needless to say, romance blossoms by Ep 2 and a wedding follows. Meanwhile the two protagonists, Peel and Smallbridge, continually spar verbally, each one trying to score points off the other and yet without any real malice.
Once again, it is very well written with strong story lines and the casting is superb. The one-liners come thick and fast and are among the best I have heard. Whilst they are business rivals and from opposite ends of the social scale, there is a deep respect between them and a bond mainly caused by the union of their children. A couple of characters are introduced during series one and this enhances the struggle for supremacy between the two fathers. Windsor Davies (It ain't half hot, Mum) and Donald Sinden (Two's Company) are brilliant in their roles, once again cementing Britain's place as the home of great comedy.