HAP­PILY NEVER AF­TER FOR RE­TIREES

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - DETECTIVE DON’T MISS THE WEEK’S TOP SHOWS - – Holly Byrnes

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.

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