20 half-hour episodes. Jane Lucas, an Agony Aunt with a call-in radio show, has her own set of troubles with her very Jewish mother and her husband Laurence. Then there's the crazy lives of... See full summary »
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
1981   1980   1979  
2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Upper Hand (1990–1996)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

British version of the US TV show 'Who's The Boss?'

Stars: Diana Weston, Honor Blackman, Joe McGann
Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The series follows the lives of both the family and the servants in the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place. Richard Bellamy, the head of the household, is a member of Parliament, and his ... See full summary »

Stars: Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A young marchioness who loves the way of free-thinking and flatterers invites an author into her house who pretends to seduce her...

Director: Anna Maria Tatò
Stars: Ivan Bacciocchi, Jean-Claude Carrière, Axelle Cummings
Secret Army (1977–1979)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

In this series, inspired by real events during World War II, the kind, intelligent and worrisome Albert Foiret runs both a café, which is the only notable public house in a small Belgian ... See full summary »

Stars: Bernard Hepton, Angela Richards, Clifford Rose
Underworld (1985)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

When high class hooker Nicole is kidnapped from her brothel, Rich businessman Hugo Motherskille hires her ex love Roy Bain to find her. Investigating the disappearance, he eventually finds ... See full summary »

Director: George Pavlou
Stars: Denholm Elliott, Steven Berkoff, Larry Lamb
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A stormy relationship, complicated by the strictures of 1950s social class and gender roles, ends in death. Based on the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain.

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Miranda Richardson, Rupert Everett, Ian Holm
Bouquet of Barbed Wire (TV Series 1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Drama about a troubled middle-class family.

Stars: Frank Finlay, Susan Penhaligon, James Aubrey
Tom & Viv (1994)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1915, T.S. (Tom) Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood elope, but her longstanding gynecological and emotional problems disrupt their planned honeymoon. Her father is angry because Tom's poetry ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gilbert
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Miranda Richardson, Rosemary Harris
Screen Two (1985–2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Producer Kenith Trodd was part of a 1984 team brought together to study how the BBC should respond to Channel Four's pioneering efforts in making films for both television and theatrical ... See full summary »

Stars: Geoffrey Chater, Roger Brierley, Bernard Hill
The Gathering Storm (TV Movie 2002)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A love story offering an intimate look inside the marriage of Winston and Clementine Churchill during a particularly troubled, though little-known, moment in their lives.

Director: Richard Loncraine
Stars: Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent
Caravaggio (1986)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld.

Director: Derek Jarman
Stars: Noam Almaz, Dexter Fletcher, Nigel Terry
Still Open All Hours (TV Series 2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Having inherited the shop from his uncle, it's business as usual for Granville at Arkwright's corner shop.

Stars: Lynda Baron, James Baxter, Stephanie Cole
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Jane Lucas (20 episodes, 1979-1981)
...
 Laurence Lucas (20 episodes, 1979-1981)
Maria Charles ...
 Bea Fisher (20 episodes, 1979-1981)
...
 Rob Illingworth (18 episodes, 1979-1981)
Diana Weston ...
 Val Dunn (17 episodes, 1979-1981)
Jan Holden ...
 Diana (15 episodes, 1979-1981)
Peter Denyer ...
 Michael / ... (15 episodes, 1979-1981)
Peter Blake ...
 Andy Evol (14 episodes, 1979-1981)
Robert Austin ...
 Junior Truscombe (13 episodes, 1980-1981)
Edit

Storyline

20 half-hour episodes. Jane Lucas, an Agony Aunt with a call-in radio show, has her own set of troubles with her very Jewish mother and her husband Laurence. Then there's the crazy lives of her station co-workers and the nice gay couple who live upstairs. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 March 1979 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(20 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Followed by Agony Again (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Agony
(Title Theme)
Sung by Babs Fletcher
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A truly underrated classic
15 July 2006 | by (Chicago, Il.) – See all my reviews

This is a show that I would have loved to see find a wider audience here in the U.S.. There's definitely an audience for it; it covers a lot of the same ground that 'Frasier' did. But 'Agony' has more drama to it, and emphasis on the kind of real-life heartache that doesn't come from grand, tragic events but from the slow drifting apart caused by a relationship that just isn't enough.

Jane Lucas, advice columnist, is supposed to have the answers. Then one day, her husband announces he's leaving. Now she's at a loss. Over the next few seasons, she grows and learns more about herself coping with the job of being the one people turn to for advice while proceeding the best way she knows how, with help from friends and family.

The final episode and the resolution between Jane and her on-again-off-again estranged husband Laurence is a true gem. Had it been a U.S. production it would have stood as one of the great finales of its decade. It had, in just a few seasons, much more wit, insight, and real understanding about adult relationships than you'd ever find in trash like 'Sex & The City'. Perhaps some clever executives at BBC or wherever will find this show a rightful home on DVD.


10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
'Agony' Series 1 to be released on DVD! buckmeister64
Theme Song? dganassin
will this be repeated? lynsey-moore
Discuss Agony (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?