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It is London in the year 1960 and John Saunders enthusiastically begins his new teaching career at a tough slum-area school. His class are bored pupils in their last term before leaving. Will he handle the grave problems that lie ahead?
Until recently, all you could see of 'For The Love Of Ada' on D.V.D. was this 1972 film version. Now the entire series is available, and a good thing too as its better in every way. One year on from their wedding, gravedigger Walter Bingley ( Wilfrid Pickles ) and talkative Ada ( Irene Handl ) are planning to celebrate their anniversary. Ada's daughter 'Ruth' ( Barbara Mitchell ) and her husband 'Leslie Politt ) are planning a surprise party later that evening, at which lots of pensioners will be present. Walter draws money out of the Post Office to buy Ada a locket containing photos of both him and her, but contrives to lose it. Luckily, a neighbour 'Mrs.Armitage' ( the wonderful Hilda Braid ) finds it, and so Walter gets the locket. Then, amazingly, he loses that too...
Vince Powell and Harry Driver's gentle sitcom about a romance between old age pensioners was never going to look great on the big screen. Nothing much happens over the course of 88 minutes. Walter and Ada have a row when he does not like her new blonde hair ( luckily, its only a wig ), and he goes out and gets run over ( luckily, its not him ), and everyone lives happily ever after. Unlike, say, 'On The Buses', the scope for broadening the humour is very limited. The nearest the film comes to it is when Leslie visits a barber shop and encounters nymphomaniac hairdresser 'Sandra' ( Andria Lawrence ). Fortunately, this is the broadest the film gets. The television series cast is all and present and correct, and there are some interesting additions, such as Arthur English as Walter's friend 'Arthur' and Larry Martyn ( who went on to appear in Powell and Driver's 'Spring & Autumn' ) as Leslie's chum 'Brian'. If ever there was a case of a cast outshining the material, this is it.
It was customary in these films to change the theme tune, not always for the better. Remember the horrible song used to open the 'Rising Damp' movie? Here Ron Grainer's delightful theme has been replaced by 'What Could Be Nicer?', written and sung by Gilbert O'Sullivan, not one of his better efforts.
Funniest moment - when asked by the jeweller why he left his native Yorkshire to dig graves in London, Walter replies: "I like burying Southerners!".
Things To Look Out For - an early film role for Gareth Hunt, shortly before he joined 'Upstairs, Downstairs' and became one-third of 'The New Avengers'.
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