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Came upon this series by accident. I purchase many British TV DVDs from
Amazon.co.UK and this complete series was going cheap and being a great
fan of men behaving badly, i thought lets give it a go.
We sat down one rainy afternoon and nine episodes later, said we must go to bed. This is a brilliant series, certainly not a comedy as some might think, there are many heart rendering moments. William (Martin Clunes) is an undertaker by default and Mary (Julie Graham) is a midwife so you can imagine death is around them but there is also so much joy. What a premise to a series, one partner brings new life in to the world and the other gently takes it away.
The writer and directors from the very first episode have built a tight and wonderful story based on the characters rather than the plot. Each character and there are many in each episode are acted perfectly. There are many twists and funny/sad moments especially in episode four.
I'm glad this show did not get under the radar, do yourself a favour and buy the entire series and then pass it on, but make sure you get it back , you will watch it again.
Thank goodness for British television - from Australia, we thank you.
I am in the middle of this series now and am already dreading it's end. If anyone can tell me where I can buy this entire series on DVD, I would love to do so. The characters are engaging, everyday people with everyday problems and you find yourself inwardly cheering them on and feeling as if you've known them forever. Each episode is directly relative to some portion of your own life - everything about the series is completely believable from the individual characters to the continuity and story lines of each episode. What one of us cannot find a character to relate to, believe in or dislike has not lived life at all, from the deadbeat ex to the interfering mother to the rude stepchildren. But what wins us over every time is the way William absolutely champions his love for Mary with a single twinkle in his beautiful eyes. When Mary finally told William she was in love with him, I was in tears. I, myself, am totally in love with Martin Clunes and will wait for him forever!
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In the first series, the ups and downs of William, the undertaker, and
Mary, the midwife, were fascinating viewing. Each episode involved a
death and a birth; I was so involved, I cried at least once each
episode. It was satisfying drama, that left you each week with the
feeling that the story had wrapped up and balanced, yet you wanted
another one, right then, right there, because it was so good.
Then in the second series, the characters were replaced by aliens from a parallel universe, where women throw diamond rings away in hospital corridors, and men throw diamond rings away out the window into the garden. All the women went haywire in some way or another (except the forgotten middle daughter who never gets a look in), with Mary becoming so hateful, illogical, cruel and unreasoning that she almost became unwatchable, while William metamorphosed into a saint, who tolerated all. The female partner in William's business behaved like a spoiled teenager, and a sex-crazed female solicitor won't take 'no' for an answer.
The problems piled on and on, and while some made sense (Mary's fellow-midwife becoming pregnant and finding her boyfriend is married), some didn't (Mary's mother getting cancer and going, in the space of 5 or 6 episodes, from diagnosis to chemo (oops! didn't work) to radiation (oops! didn't work) to stem cell treatment (does that even exist yet?) to cure (with predictable scene of weeping where the viewing is padded as the main characters ask whether the news is good or bad)).
There seems to be a TV maxim that good relationships don't make good viewing, but that is rubbish. William and Mary's good relationship was a delight in the first series; the dramatic tension came from the external world, and it was wonderful to see the safe haven they had with each other. That made it make sense that William could surf the problems the way he did.
I tried to hang in there, but I'm sorry, they lost me with the rings. The only people who throw valuable diamond rings away are spoiled impossibly-rich kids under the age of 25. Why do they think we want to watch William behave that way?
I'm just so disappointed. Did they change writers or something? Can we have the old William and Mary back?
Very well acted and moving at times, William And Mary is one of those TV mini-series that ITV1 is so good at turning out these days. Martin Clunes as a dissatisfied undertaker is particularly good, acting his way through so many emotional troughs and peaks that you're surprised his character doesn't end up in an asylum. The only let-down is the ending, which is rather too neat and unrealistic for my taste.
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I was living in New Zealand last year, and got hooked on William and
Mary. Can it be seen in the United States at all? Last episode had Mary
pregnant, William moving to a new location, and the kids on the edge of
It was well written for the most part, and the characters were diverse and entertaining. Interesting with her bringing babies into the world, and him helping usher people out!
I especially enjoyed Mary's mother, and the relationship between Mary and her mother. The intermingling of the kids was of interest, and I'd love to see how the plot continued with respect to that.
Public television in my area is showing 3 series starring Martin
Clunes. I've watched 3 episodes each of William and Mary and The Fall
and Rise of Reggie Perrin and all of the first two seasons of Doc
Martin. Although my opinion may change when I've finished watching all
the episodes, at this point I am struck by the way all three have
characteristics in common which make them both endearing and in some
way admirable and override their obnoxious aspects.
(1) They need to value what they do for a living in order for them to be happy. William's ability to be empathetic makes him, in a real sense, a "community worker." Doc Martin lacks the ability to pick up on the feelings and viewpoints of others, as would someone with Asperger's Syndrome, but he is unshakably dedicated to serving the health needs of his community and responds to situations with alacrity and persistence, undeterred by distressing and inconvenient elements. The feckless but lucky Reggie Perrin has been rendered punchy because of his inability to either reconcile himself to or escape a job he despises.
(2) They may flirt with infidelity but are generally restrained by their monogamous dispositions.
(3) They are emotionally vulnerable.
(4) Reggie and Doc Martin do not suffer fools gladly. The latter insults the good as well as the foolish. Reggie says the things we would like to be able to say to people we wouldn't like either and generally defies people in authority, breaks stupid regulations, and largely ignores assignments from which he can't escape. He's a bit like an out-of- control and luckier. Dilbert. In this regard William so far has only maintained benevolent parental authority over his disrespectful teenage daughters.
All this is validated by the people in their environment who respond to them with affection, often partly due to their own tolerance as well as their appreciation of their good qualities. The love Mary's sons openly show towards her is especially endearing.
My husband and I have always enjoyed British shows. From the funny to
the more serious, they have a quality lacking in many popular US shows.
After watching Martin Clunes in "Doc Martin," we were curious about his
other work. We also knew a bit about Julie Graham, from last years
We had subscribed to Acorn TV last fall so we wouldn't have to wait for the new season of Doc. While checking out other programs, we saw W&M. Oh my, what a gem of a show. Their chemistry was so amazing! Martin Clunes is a fabulous actor, so subtle, so real. Everything about this show is top shelf. The writing, the characters, a terrific supporting cast, just so so good. Julie Graham is so good, the younger cast members so talented. We really enjoyed the growth of the characters also, especially "Rick." Rarely have I seen any actor have the ability to move me without saying a word. MC's is just so good, on this show, as Doc also. More, more Martin!
One thing we noticed was the way music is used in this show. The folks putting that all together have a real talent for the editing, the camera work, the music choices, just everything. The one episode that featured "Travis" possibly the best single episode ever.
Our single complaint was that there are only 18 episodes. While understanding the good closing point, we would have loved more. Which is really the sign of a good show/movie/book. Do watch this series if you can.
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Don't be deceived by the presence of that fine comic actor Mr M.Clunes in "William and Mary",this is not a comedy series although it does have its wry moments. Mr Clunes plays Wm. Shawcross,a widowed undertaker with two teenage daughters.A sweet - natured and perhaps slightly ingenuous man who meets Mary,a midwife,through an internet dating agency.Mary has two teenage sons and a clinging mother living with her. So,in fact,the series has all the ingredients of a typical British TV sitcom,but manages to confound and exceed such expectations by some distance. This is due not only to the performances by Mr Clunes and Miss J.Graham as the eponymous pair,but the refusal of the writers to don rose - coloured spectacles and present the path of true love as running so smoothly. Mary is a proudly independent woman,and,although she may love William,she does not envisage a future of cosy domesticity with both families blending into one happy unit. She is as brilliant and unorthodox at her job as William is at his. Bringing new life into the world with the same care and compassion as he deals with the other end of the spectrum. It may be a case of opposites attracting,but compromise does not seem to be in Mary's lexicon.Frankly if I were her I'd jump at the chance of a new life with such a really nice,loving guy - but what do I know? Whatever happens,I am involved enough in "William and Mary" to care about what happens to both of them,and that is something that doesn't happen to often in my experience.
I just watched all episodes of Series 1, 2 and 3 on Acorn TV in the USA. While this series is billed there as a comedy, I thought it to be more of a drama despite the occasional interruptions of humor. I got the feeling that it was a bit of a British soap opera for all of the cliff-hanger endings. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the series. I thought the acting of the main characters was excellent and the chemistry between them seemed real. The direction was superb. The careers and history of the main characters is something I have not seen in American TV or movies. but I watch very little of that commercial driven drivel. It hooked me after the second episode and I am glad that I spent the time to see it all.
Don't get me wrong; I love Martin Clunes! He is a phenomenal actor and
I wouldn't pass up watching anything he has done. However, this program
drips with too much grief. I was spoiled on the Doc Martin series and
was hoping that this one would be just as good; it isn't. For one
thing, William seems to always be a victim of circumstances. The
supporting characters seem to "attack" him in an indirect way; there's
Kate, his daughter, who appears to buck him at every turn. Her tryst
with a married man and her fear of being pregnant is just one example
of the ever-increasing weight of worry that piles up on William. The
ever ubiquitous Ruben who increasingly becomes a bigger pest (and an
irritant) every time he turns up, Mary's two sons, one of which gets
knifed and sent to the hospital, Mary's mother, who has cancer. These
incidents and more are just too much drama for one man to withstand.
At least Doc Martin has a great blend of good humor with some drama and I'll admit that I expected about the same with this series. Such is not the case. William and Mary has very little humor and too much drama. It, at times, is too overwhelming.
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