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Veteran stage and screen actor who played Ivy, the formidable cafe owner, in the television comedy series Last of the Summer Wine
For 37 years Jane Freeman, who has died of cancer aged 81, was known to millions as the opinionated cafe owner Ivy in the long-running television comedy Last of the Summer Wine. She won the part through her performance as the seaside landlady who swung between aggression and ingratiation in the 1972 TV version of Peter Terson’s radio play The Fishing Party. Ivy’s husband, Sid, was also imported from that production, in the form of John Comer.
For them the series’ writer Roy Clarke created scenes that, while more varied and subtle, recalled the world of McGill’s seaside postcards; Ivy was like the northern women depicted by the comedian Les Dawson. Comer’s death in 1984 robbed Ivy of marital sparring, but she retained her bite. Affronted when Kathy Staff »
- Charles Lewsen
Rob Leane Apr 6, 2017
Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to get early access to the first two episodes of The Trip To Spain, and to partake in a pair of group Q&A sessions with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, who continue reviewing restaurants and relentlessly ribbing each other in this third series of the show. (If you’re unfamiliar: series 1 was called The Trip and series 2 was The Trip To Italy.)
The episodes, to put it simply, were great; The Trip’s familiar blend of melancholy, meals and mockery slots seamlessly into this new Spanish locale, which serves up some idyllic landscapes to compliment the edibles, the impressions and the introspection.
Creator, writer and director Michael Winterbottom has found a winning formula here, and his stars seem to have an »
Author: Stefan Pape
To label The Time of Their Lives as a flawed endeavour would be something of an understatement, and yet there’s a hesitancy to be overly critical, for this Roger Goldby endeavour represents a unique cinematic experience; as one that features elderly women in the leading roles, and allows actresses nuanced, layered characters to delve into – which should be celebrated, regardless of the fact we’re dealing with a melodrama that makes Dynasty feel like it had been directed by Ken Loach.
Talking of the aforementioned soap opera, Joan Collins takes on the leading role of Helen, a former movie star, now without any of the money she once owned, but with equal amount of style and grace. Struggling to come to terms with her has-been status, she is thrilled to encounter a fan, the timid Priscilla (Pauline Collins), who appears to have had all of her »
- Stefan Pape
3 items from 2017
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