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It Takes a Worried Man 

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 Philip Roath 19 episodes, 1981-1983
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It's not Shelley!
24 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

(This review is based on the first series.)

'It Takes a Worried Man' seems to have attracted some good reviews from people who remember it from back in the early eighties. I'm almost certain that those reviews would change if those same contributors had seen this sitcom again more recently.

Unfortunately, this series seems to come off as a flat 'stand-up' routine that's been re-written for a six-part TV show. It revolves around Philip Roath (Peter Tilbury) who is a selfish, lazy man in his thirties. The weak gags bounce off the one- dimensional characters in his life which include his boss, a colleague, a secretary, a girlfriend and a shrink... none of whom are allowed to develop enough to engage our attention and affection.

Particularly annoying is the late (and otherwise talented) Andrew Tourell doing his impersonation of the brilliant Doc 'Feeling a bit chesty?' Morrissy from the Reggie Perrin sitcom.

It isn't clear who the main character is trying to relate to as he's too young to be complaining about being bald and losing his teeth... especially as he has a full set of both! This makes the stodgy script come off as disingenuous.

Finally, there's nothing happening in between the monologues and there's no story arc to cling to. The entire series' premise is just Roath's ramblings which soon get wearisome because there's nothing else to maintain the interest of the viewer.

The writer (who also plays the main role in this) had better success with another sit-com, 'Shelley', but even that was due mostly to the enormous talent of the lead, Hywel Bennett.


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