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28 August 2001 (UK) See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 29)

Sheila Hancock ... Alice Oldfield (15 episodes, 2001-2003)

Timothy West ... Andrew Oldfield (15 episodes, 2001-2003)

Series Directed by
Andy Hamilton (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
Series Writing credits
Andy Hamilton (12 episodes, 2001-2002)

Series Produced by
Jimmy Mulville .... executive producer (1 episode, 2002)

Sue Howells .... producer (unknown episodes)
Jo Kay .... line producer (unknown episodes)
Denise O'Donoghue .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Matthew Scott (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Martin Hawkins (unknown episodes)
Peter Morgan (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Steve Tempia (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Andy Pryor (6 episodes, 2001)

Suzanne Crowley (unknown episodes)
Gilly Poole (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Graeme Story (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Liz Lander (unknown episodes)
Siobhan Pemberton (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Jo Thompson (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Tina Brown .... make-up trainee (6 episodes, 2001)
Helen Speyer .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 2003)

Mandy Furlonger .... makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Zoë Styles .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Justine Randle .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Mannion .... third assistant director (6 episodes, 2002)

Kristian Dench .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Nick Rae .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Les Baker .... props master (unknown episodes)
Sean Board .... props (unknown episodes)
John Krommenhoek .... props (unknown episodes)
Garry Moore .... props (unknown episodes)
Pauline Seager .... production buyer (unknown episodes)
Leighton Turnham .... props (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Alex Robinson .... foley artist (5 episodes, 2001)

Graham Day .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Keith Nixon .... sound supervisor (unknown episodes)
Ron Stewart .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Martin Blinko .... focus puller (unknown episodes)
Jon Bowden .... focus puller (unknown episodes)
Dickie Crane .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Justin Denchfield .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
James Grimes .... grip (unknown episodes)
Saul Harris .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Colin McCarthy .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Alan Tabner .... grip (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Andy Pryor .... original casting (6 episodes, 2001)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gemma Davison .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
Emma Fryer .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Location Management
Ed Suter .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Tim Mannion .... third assistant director (6 episodes, 2002)

Peter Dann .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Laura Djanogly .... head of production (unknown episodes)
Mark Kinsella .... production staff (unknown episodes)
Francesca Milone .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Helena Parkhill .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Tiffany Paul .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Jo Taylor .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Faisal Uddin .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Elizabeth Usher .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Pamela Wylde .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A gem of a serio-comedy, 13 April 2004
Author: Philby-3 from Sydney, Australia

While it's not normally the policy of this column to review continuing TV series, especially of the 30 minute episode variety, the sheer quality of Andy Hamilton's writing and the subtle performances from Timothy West (Andrew Oldfield), Sheila Hancock (Alice Oldfield), Stephen Tompkinson (Paul Newcombe) and Claire Skinner (Sarah Newcombe) put this serio-comedy into a class of its own. Constrained by its physical setting (3 suburban bedrooms) and its time setting (bedtime) it could easily have become static, but in the six parts of the first series at least the expected blends with the unexpected to produce some absorbing television.

Take for example the plot line involving the Oldfield's daughter's marriage, or the Newcombes' struggle to accommodate their relationship to parenthood. Neither is quite what it seems, yet in retrospect what happens seems inevitable. The third couple, Sapphire the Kiwi girl and Gulliver her `celebrity' boyfriend – really a threesome with the tabloid journalist artfully played by Meera Syal - are perhaps the least involving but very entertaining nevertheless.

So far we've only viewed two episodes of series 2 (things are slow down under), but the quality has been maintained. The Oldfields could easily become a bore (Andrew certainly is) but somehow fresh things keep happening, and Sheila Hancock's Alice somehow keeps her equanimity despite him and the other tribulations. Perhaps after 30 years of living with someone like Andrew you develop an immunity to attention-seeking behaviour.

Andy Hamilton, who once wrote for `Not the Nine O'Clock News' and `Drop the Dead Donkey', seems more serious-minded here, but with the aid of some splendid actors has produced more than just comic archetypes. There must be thousands of couples out there just like the Oldfields (though it is unlikely an Andrew would recognise himself), and we can empathise with the Newcombes, though their problem turns out to be a bit more unusual. I hope things don't get too bizarre and this show remains a gem.

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