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Martin is a committee man. He has numerous schemes and committees organised around the neighbourhood. He is so obsessive about every detail of everything he does he is driving his long suffering wife, Anne, slowly crazy. Then the new neighbour Paul arrives. He has a more worldly outlook than those who live under Martin's organisational spell. There is an immediate clash of personalities because Martin treats everything so seriously, but to Paul, life is for enjoying and not to be taken so seriously. Written by
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Peter Egan accepted the role without reading any scripts because he was in the United States when it was offered and couldn't see a script before it would be going into production. He asked who was in it, was told it was Richard Briers and Penelope Wilton, and accepted immediately. See more »
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What makes Ever Decreasing Circles so charming and fascinating ? Basically, it's the old world values of love and fidelity.
Martin, fastidiously played by Richard Briars, is a man struggling against his own mediocrity. We can all recognise his situation and the men whose lives mirror his, he tries so hard at everything but his best is never quite good enough, while the charmer Paul, oily played by Peter Egan, achieves everything with effortless ease.
It's a play and a counter-play of a man who struggles through life compared to a man who is gifted by nature.
What redeems Martin from a lifetime of ennui is that he is married to Anne, played by the simply gorgeous Penelope Wilton. Would be Hollywood actresses should note that Penelope Wilton manages to convey as much sex appeal through a smile as do many talentless actresses through heaving bosoms.
Anne is the rose in Martin's life and we are left with the feeling that Martin wakes up everyday thanking God for giving him such a wife.
What gives the show its appeal is that although Anne is undoubtedly attracted by Paul and his charm , she remains loyal to Martin.
Ever Decreasing Circles tells us that there is still a place for Fidelity in married life and the World.
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