BBC2 Playhouse: Season 7, Episode 5

Grown-Ups (28 Nov. 1980)

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Dick and Mandy, a young working class couple, move into a council house in Canterbury, and find Mr. Butcher, one of their former teachers, living next door. Mandy's unmarried sister, Gloria... See full summary »

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Dick and Mandy, a young working class couple, move into a council house in Canterbury, and find Mr. Butcher, one of their former teachers, living next door. Mandy's unmarried sister, Gloria, is constantly dropping in, and will not take any hints that the couple would prefer to be left alone, until her presence finally goads them to action. Written by Will Gilbert

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When you hear the vacuum cleaner come on, the bag does not fill up with air. (This mistake was pointed out by Mike Leigh himself 35 years later during the director's commentary) See more »

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Mike Leigh's greatest and most under-rated comedy
17 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The working class / chav equivalent of ' Abigail's Party ' and is even funnier.

I cannot understand why this has not been made available on DVD in UK format or video. It is one of the greatest comedies you will ever see. It is over 30 years since I last saw it with some friends and when I now rarely see them [ I have moved some distance ] we always remark that it has not been repeated or released on DVD.

The plot revolves around Dick and his girlfriend and her awful sister who is constantly visiting them much to Dick's annoyance. One of these character's ex-teachers lives next door with his frustrated wife. The husband is only interested in dinosaurs and the play revolves around their relationships.


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