on 12 January 2004
Howard Booth (played by inestimable Peter Bowles) is an inveterate liar and con artist, and now that he is out of prison, he needs somewhere to stay. Descending on the home of his sister and long-suffering brother-in-law, Mary and Trevor Mountjoy (Rosalind Ayres and George Cole) he quickly shows that little has changed. However, the Mountjoys have a neighbor who is a wealthy widow; for Howard it is love at first sight!
This boxed-set contains two DVDs, which contain a total of seven of the half-hour episodes - the entire first series of this two series show! This is a great show, with lots of witty dialogue, and lots of that great British humor. Plus, it stars Peter Bowles, need I say more? I highly recommend these DVDs to any fan of British comedy.
He's Not Heavy, He's My Brother-In-Law - Series 1, episode 1 (April 16, 1982) - Howard's out of prison, but his terrible leg injury means that he cannot possible work a normal job. But, when Trevor notices that Howard's cane is often left behind, he begins to get suspicious...
Howard At The Majestic - Series 1, episode 2 (April 23, 1982) - When Howard forgets the Mountjoy's anniversary he has to think fast. Oh yeah, he can con the Majestic into giving them a free meal. Sadly for Trevor, Howard's little con begins to unravel.
We'll Go No More A-Roving - Series 1, episode 3 (April 30, 1982) - Now that Trevor is leaning on Howard to get a job, Howard needs a way out and decides that he will become a great author. His novel is a bust, but his poem is greeted with universal acclaim. Now, let's hope no one realizes that Howards stole it from Lord Byron!
Raising The Wind - Series 1, episode 4 (May 7, 1982) - Howard needs money, so he returns to his old bank. Sadly, there is a new manager there who knows him. So, there's nothing else to do, Howard will have to con the money out of him!
On Approval - Series 1, episode 5 (May 14, 1982) - Howard wants to buy the wealthy and available Laura's affections, but he has no money - what he needs is a con. Getting a very expensive bracelet on approval, Howard knows that Laura will reject such an expensive gift, but think highly of him for thinking so much of her. But, when Laura gladly accepts the bracelet, it's up to Howard and Trevor to get it back!
Suspicion - Series 1, episode 6 (May 21, 1982) - When Howard and the Mountjoys go shopping, Howard discovers a shoplifter who happens to be an old cell-mate. Unfortunately, Trevor also discovers the thief, and his attempt to set a high moral tone only lands him in trouble. Now it's up to Howard to rescue Trevor and set everything right.
The Rival - Series 1, episode 7 (May 28, 1982) - Laura has finally fallen in love...with an Italian count! Howard has to act fast and break this romance up. Suspecting that the count is really a con-artist, Howard maneuvers Trevor into hiring a private detective, but the results are something Howard never bargained for!