George Forester is an annoying practical joker, who tries the patience of work colleague Frank Parker and his wife Laura. When the latest jape, involving the sabotaging of a business dinner... See full summary »

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George Forester is an annoying practical joker, who tries the patience of work colleague Frank Parker and his wife Laura. When the latest jape, involving the sabotaging of a business dinner party, costs Frank promotion and George's wife Julie goes to Edinburgh, leaving him alone in the house, Laura sees an opportunity to put an end to George's pranks for good. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Where's your sense of humour?
19 February 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Laura Parker and Julie Forester are busy preparing an important dinner, Julie's husband is loitering behind the curtain, poised to jump out in a scary mask to terrify Laura. George is an utterly irritating man who always takes the joke too far. Laura snaps back, warning one day his jokes will go too far. A few days later, Frank Parker rings Laura telling her to prepare an important meal for the important Mr Stein, Laura gets a call from Mr Stein's secretary telling her that he's been delayed and won't be there, she changes, ending up with a takeaway, Laura is convinced George is the miscreant. Later she gets another call from a secretary to prepare another meal for people from Brussels, it's another hoax, the couple start believing there is spite in these practical jokes. Julie heads away leaving George home alone, panic sets in when there's no answer from him, Laura sets off to see if everything's OK.

A fairly good story and episode, made all the better by the presence and performance of Sheila Gish, Tom Chadbon and Philip Jackson. The weakest of Sheila's episodes, but still very good, her character is just a bit more bland then in the last 'A Harmless vanity.'

I think this is a wonderfully clever and complex episode, there is more going on then you first think, what seem to be a rather soft and jovial story is actually a lot darker and more sinister then you'd first think. There's a load of malice and spite. I enjoyed it.

8/10


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