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For the Love of Ada appears on the surface to be quite a gentle sitcom,
but when you examine the scripts and the subject matter contained what
you get is quite a provocative comedy, it refers to death, affairs,
social attitudes and ageism.
It succeeds because of the quality of the writing and a great cast. Irene Handle and Wilfred Pickles sparkle as the geriatric couple with a sparkle in their eyes, living a second teenage phase. These are complemented by the wonderful and sadly missed Barabara Mitchel, and the very underrated and much maligned Jack Smethurst.
A definite gem in ITV,s crown.
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On the surface you could be forgiven for merely considering this as one
of those gentle old fashioned sitcoms a la Last of the Summer Wine, but
far from it, when you look closely you will find a very deep and
Irene Handl, a definite British institution who never failed to entertain and amuse in any role, she is utterly hilarious as Ada. Wilfred Pickles is also wonderful, a truly talented Yorkshire man. The pair combine beautifully, they cause genuine laughs, cause the odd tear, but always leave you with a feel good factor. Mitchell and Smethurst are excellent too, great characters.
One scene in particular that chokes me, is when Walter decides to sell his father's military medal, to buy Ada's engagement ring, he discusses his father's bravery and blindness. It's intensely moving, Pickles' acting is superb. So many great moments.
The scenes in the graveyard Series 1 look very studio bound, but that was changed in the second series, looked so much better.
It has a very deep social message, looking at attitudes towards the elderly, and attitudes generally in 1970's Britain.
Don't be put off by the age of it, this is excellent viewing. 9/10
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