British sitcom about what happens when hard-partying wine merchants Jack and Hugo lose all their money and are forced to work for a living.
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1989   1987  

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 Jack Mowbray (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
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 Hugo Walker (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
Felicity Montagu ...
 Griselda (12 episodes, 1987-1989)
Robin Kermode ...
 Alan (11 episodes, 1987-1989)
Peggy Aitchison ...
 Mrs. Monaghan (8 episodes, 1987-1989)
George Ballantine ...
 Samson (7 episodes, 1987-1989)
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 Lady Boughton / ... (7 episodes, 1987-1989)
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British sitcom about what happens when hard-partying wine merchants Jack and Hugo lose all their money and are forced to work for a living.

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A less strident New Statesman
14 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

A couple of aging "hooray henries" use their wine business to subsidise their party going. After time they run into financial difficulties and are expected to work. Jack (Richard Griffiths) & Hugo (Benjamin Whitrow) tend to spend more time avoiding work than actually doing any in a quite charming sitcom from the late 1980s. The series treads a fine line (which is sometimes crossed in series 2) where you really shouldn't like these 2 characters but their innocence endears you.

Alan (Robin Kermode) is the officious young man who is brought in to run the business while Sloane Ranger Grizelda (Felicity Montagu) is torn between class loyalties and love for Alan.

The first series is great as Jack and Huge bumble around, genuinely trying to help Alan but unable to understand the realities of a full day of work. Series 2 got a bit stuck and suggested that the show had run out of steam.

I see this as a more innocent "The New Statesman" and well worth a watch


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