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on 15 May 2014
if you like a good script with classic one-liners then this series is for you. It's a real gem of a comedy from the mid-90's with 6 excellent episodes.

Picture and sound are 100% and Penelope Keith is at her best.
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on 10 December 2015
I bought this because the few reviews were good, and I am a great admirer of most of the cast. I quite enjoyed it - not as good as I'd hoped, but there you are. In effect it was pilot series - the only one made, and it's a shame that no further series were made because it had great potential.

Judge Wallace (Charles Kay) in particular had room for a lot of development as a character, and Phillipa Troy (Penelope Keith) would have been a lot better if she had been solely a barrister and not also a children's author. (This added nothing to the plot and appeared to be an ineffective contrivance.) Had I been the BBC commissioning another series I would have cut the kiddies' books aspect - it's a waste of Penelope Keith's acting ability and comic timing which could have been used much more effectively with a tighter script - increased the judge's role (especially more "off-the bench" moments - there were two, very brief. This brevity was superb - made them very punchy and effective, but it would have been nice to have one in each episode (Charles Kay can take such moments and make them outstanding); reduced the bible-bashing barrister's obsession with the good book (it got tedious) and done away with the young barrister who was Keith's occasional pupil altogether (she had no real role, and there wasn't room for another strong character. The hypochondriac solicitor was something of a caricature but I think would have become funnier and more interesting with a bit of thought and as scripts and characters developed (same with Keith's courtroom bible-quoting opponent ). The deaf/daft court usher also needed development. And she shouldn't win every case - loses effectiveness.

Never mind - I wasn't there to advise and the BBC missed its chance. The premise was a nice one though - based possibly on AP Herbert's "Misleading Cases in the Common Law" (Oh Alistair Sim - how we need you now). Actually it's a pity they didn't just re-make that with Charles Kay in Sim's role - would have been excellent. Now I shall be wondering who will play Albert Haddock . . . I'll have a cast list sorted buy the end of the week) :)
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on 26 November 2014
I ever saw this when it was on ITV but am so glad it was released this year. It's great fun with Penelope Keith, Simon Williams and Charles Kay on top form. I don't know whether there was a second series but this one ticks all the boxes. Buy it now-such good value.
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on 2 March 2016
ANOTHER GREAT FOR PENELOPE KEITH WAITED A LONG TIME FOR THE RELEASE OF THIS AND IT WAS WELL WORTH IT
PENELOPE KEITH AT HER BEST AS IN TO THR MANOR BORN AND THE GOOD LIFE A MUST FOR ALL CLASSIC COMEDY SERIES FANS YOUNG AND OLD
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on 25 January 2015
Really funny series. Penelope Keith is a hoot. Love all the episodes.
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on 16 July 2014
great DVD, such fun. Thank you
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on 2 August 2014
Fantastic actress, fantastic series! I love films and series with Penelope Keith...she's a great britisch acting talent!!!
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on 26 May 2016
I would happily watch Penelope Keith in almost anything! I've seen three episodes so far and I am very pleased!
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on 28 June 2016
Penelope Keith is brilliant and carried an ordinary production.
Good idea not fully utilised.
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on 16 March 2015
Arrived next day through Prime. Excellent. Cannot wait to watch this rare gem!
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