HAPPILY NEVER AFTER FOR RETIREES
ALL the attention for the first season of this brilliant UK comedy naturally settled on its Monty Python star John Cleese. But as a card-carrying member of the Gavin & Stacey fan club, and a lover of the Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle version of Pride and Prejudice, the true north of this fabulous series – which returns for season two – is Alison Steadman (Pamela to G&S fans and the greatest Mrs Bennet in living memory). The 73-year-old OBE honouree plays Edith, a widow who
finds love again with her neighbour Phil (Cleese) and spent the first season planning to see out their sunset days by resettling abroad. That is until her adult son Roger (Jason Watkins) leaves his wife, kids and job and moves back in with mum. It was a romping ratings hit overseas (averaging six million viewers in the UK) and will be easy laughs for anyone who has seen their own empty nest repopulated with ‘boomerang’ kids who come back home. The opening episode is a hoot, when the couple host an open house but Roger and Edith’s best friend Queenie (Anne Reid) interfere.