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Martin is a committee man. He has numerous schemes and committees organised around the neighbourhood. He is so obsessive about every detail of everything he does he is driving his long ... See full summary »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Richard Briers ...  Martin Bryce 27 episodes, 1984-1989
Penelope Wilton ...  Ann Bryce 27 episodes, 1984-1989
Peter Egan ...  Paul Ryman 27 episodes, 1984-1989
Stanley Lebor ...  Howard Hughes 27 episodes, 1984-1989
Geraldine Newman ...  Hilda Hughes 27 episodes, 1984-1989
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Martin is a committee man. He has numerous schemes and committees organised around the neighbourhood. He is so obsessive about every detail of everything he does he is driving his long suffering wife, Anne, slowly crazy. Then the new neighbour Paul arrives. He has a more worldly outlook than those who live under Martin's organisational spell. There is an immediate clash of personalities because Martin treats everything so seriously, but to Paul, life is for enjoying and not to be taken so seriously. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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English

Release Date:

29 January 1984 (UK) See more »

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Szűkülő körök See more »

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(27 episodes)

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Mono | Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Martin was written with Richard Briers in mind. See more »

Quotes

Martin Bryce: [describing the road in which he lives, giving a laugh like he's pleased with his joke] We're a very close close.
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Referenced in Horror on the High Rise (2011) See more »

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Prelude No. 15
from "Twenty-four Preludes, Op. 34"
Composed by Dmitri Shostakovich (uncredited)
Performed by Ronnie Price
[series theme tune]
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Not Richard Briers' Best Work, But Above Average And Funny
17 July 2001 | by DarkHelmet-1See all my reviews

This show is basically a tour de force for Richard Briers as Martin, the ultimate control freak. Penelope Wilton, as Ann, and Peter Egan, as laid-back neighbor Paul, are also terrific. Howard and Hilda are too boring, though. This show never fails to make me laugh and I thank PBS for running it as long as they did.


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