Learn more Download now Browse your favorite restaurants Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Amazon Music Unlimited for Family Shop now Shop now Learn more



on 3 March 2013
This DVD has attracted polarised reviews; I think I understand why. Fans of other Arthur Lowe sitcoms may have been disappointed to find that this is something altogether gentler which would have been ruined by an audience: it's not about belly laughs but wry chuckles. Accept that, and the fact it dates from the time when sitcoms were shot on video, and there's quite a lot to savour.

That said, I do think some of the slapstick moments are a little bit clumsily handled: books obviously dropped rather than knocked out of Arthur Lowe's hand, for example.

And fans of H.F. Ellis already primed to expect something in a lower key than other Arthur Lowe vehicles may have their own reservations for different reasons. I remember watching and quite enjoying this when it came out in the mid eighties, but feeling that it didn't quite live up to HF Ellis's original pieces, which can be found in several collections (Faber have recently reissued The Papers of A. J. Wentworth, B.A.).

The trouble is that in print Wentworth is the narrator: we see things from his point of view and have the fun of imagining how others react to him. As with Diary of a Nobody, an adaptation can't quite supply the same thing: we've got the people in front of us and our hero is suddenly a little more buffoonish.

Nevertheless, this is probably as well realised as it could be - and certainly Harry Andrews as the Squid (the headmaster of Burgrove) well deserves his status as co-star, hinting at suppressed giggles each time A.J. tries to explain his latest mishap. The actor playing Gilbert isn't given that much to do but you do buy his affection for A.J. The schoolboy actors are okay, not great. It passes the time most agreeably, and it doesn't deserve the opprobrium heaped on it by some reviewers, but essentially it's an homage to the original pieces, not a replacement for them.
0Comment| 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 22 September 2012
Quite a blast from the past! Arthur Lowe's last TV series, and perhaps not up to what had gone before (Dad's Army in particular), but it is a channce to see a bit more of the sort of character that he played so well.
Nice to see the period settings properly observed.
0Comment| 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 18 September 2013
I bought this series because I'm a 'fan' of Arthur Lowe's work. It was quaint period piece from towards the end of Arthur's long career. I felt the writing wasn't up to scratch and he didn't have a good support cast - certainly no where as good as Dad's Army. He seemed quite tired and his comic timing was very muddled, IMO. Still, I have no regrets buying this bit of TV comedy history.

Great service from Amazon as always.

Bazza
0Comment| 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 3 April 2018
Rather boring, very daated humour, not one of Arthur Lowe's best
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 11 January 2017
Have now watched in one sitting. FANTASTIC.OH How actors like Arthur Lowe are missed.
SUPERB picture quality and well priced.Thanks
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 21 December 2017
A VERY WATCHABLE AND ENJOYABLE SERIES. NOT BELLY LAUGHING FUNNY BUT AMUSING NONE THE LESS.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 11 March 2016
Excellent, my Dad and Uncle really enjoyed it! Thank you!
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 10 October 2016
Ok for Arthur Lowe fans. Entertaining enough but the script is a bit predictable.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 4 March 2015
Arthur Lowe was such a funny man and this series was no exception. To me he was one of Britain's greatest comedy actors and he should be recognised for his extraordinary talent.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 8 March 2018
Easy watching. Arthur Lowe is excellent in this show
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse