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Loved this show!
This show was on when I was in my late teens, and I loved it. I think it was originally on CBS. My father used to make me go to church, but after his death, I preferred to stay home from church on Sunday mornings and learn from Marshall's bible story show instead. Marshall's humor was great. He played female biblical characters, mustache included, but I didn't find the show sacrilegious. However, I thought he was filmed over and over for the humor, not because of the show's budget. It worked because that's what made the show humorous along with simplified and painless. I could watch in my PJs too. If more churches/preachers would do what Marshall did, their pews wouldn't be empty on Sunday!
I'm a big fan of Patricia Hodge and Mariam Margolyes, so I watched this show when it came on A&E some years ago. The show was strange to say the least, but I gave it a chance because I liked these actresses. This has got to be one of the worst shows I've ever seen. I wouldn't watch it again and certainly wouldn't waste money on buying the video. The storyline of this TV version is ludicrous and just plain stupid! The "kicker" (pun intended) comes when Ruth has surgery done on her leg bones. That kind of nonsense belongs in James Bond and Sci-Fi movies. If this version is true to the book, then I won't be checking the book out from my local library! The American version came out some years after I'd seen this original. To my surprise the Americans got it right this time, as their version with Meryl Streep and Roseanne is played for laughs and is rather funny. When played for laughs the storyline works.