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 Jenny Bunn 3 episodes, 2000
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 Patrick Standish 3 episodes, 2000
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 Dick Thompson 3 episodes, 2000
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 Martha Thompson 3 episodes, 2000
Neil Jones ...
 Horace Charlton 3 episodes, 2000
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 Graham McClintoch 3 episodes, 2000
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 Mr. Charlton 3 episodes, 2000
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 Julian Ormerod 3 episodes, 2000
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 Anna Le Page 3 episodes, 2000
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 Sheila Torkingham 3 episodes, 2000
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 Headmaster 2 episodes, 2000
Bridget McConnell ...
 Miss Sinclair 2 episodes, 2000
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 Mr. Bunn 2 episodes, 2000
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The novel opens with Jenny Bunn's arrival at her lodging-house. She's a young, strikingly beautiful, provincial Northern woman who has moved to a London suburb to take her first teaching job. Jenny has rented a room in the home of a middle-aged couple, Dick and Martha Thompson. Dick Thompson, is apparently some sort of an auctioneer and his wife Martha Thompson is bored, cynical, and openly suspicious of attractive young Jenny. The Thompsons' other lodger, Anna, is apparently French. Jenny soon meets Patrick Standish, an acquaintance of the Thompsons, who is immediately attracted to her. Patrick takes Jenny on a date to what seems to her to be a fashionable, upmarket Italian restaurant, but which Amis makes clear is a classless suburban pseudo-Italianate place. Impressed, Jenny lets Patrick take her back to the house he shares with Graham, an unattractive Scottish schoolmaster. Heavy petting ensues and Patrick assumes that Jenny will sleep with him, but instead she rebuffs him and ...

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13 May 2001 (USA)  »

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Ilyen lány kell nekem!  »

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Worth the wait to see the genius cameo from Leslie Phillips.
25 July 2017 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

Sienna Guillory plays complicated and attractive girl, Jenny Bunn, in the late 1950s. She wants to save herself for marriage of course but still loves the attention of various men and one in particular.

It's a slow periodic piece and as usual, the attention to set details is impressive. The episodes amble through the on again-off again relationship between Jenny and Patrick. She's a flirty knockout blonde and he's a horny older man who'll put the moves on anything who looks his way.

It's a pleasant way to spend 150 minutes of your time, but in the end, the 'love story' fails to satisfy. She just becomes annoying and he only has one thing on his mind. What makes this interesting though is the squad of peripheral characters who bounce off them.

The entire three part TV adaptation is worth the work just for the five- minute cameo from Leslie Phillips. His tiny piece (I say... ding dong!) is a thing of comedic genius. And others rise to the occasion, to prevent us from getting bogged down by the silly antics of the two unlikeable leads.

Emma Chambers (Notting Hill) and Robert Daws (Jeeves and Wooster) are both hugely entertaining as Landlady and wannabe con man Martha and Dick Thompson.

In the end, it's a mediocre story propped up by fantastic production values, a genuinely affectionate look at a changing middle-England, a top notch cast... and all that jazz!


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