Guy Pringle (Sir Kenneth Branagh) and his new wife, Harriet (Dame Emma Thompson), are members of the English community in Bucharest, Romania on the eve of World War II. After the war begins... See full summary »
Dexter King plays straight man to unpleasant comedian Ron Anderson. He falls in love with Kate, a pretty nurse he meets when he is receiving injections for hay fever. When Anderson fires ... See full summary »
Short-lived sketch show which is notable today for early appearances by Ben Elton, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Originally broadcast only in the Granada TV area, it was ... See full summary »
Back in the eighties someone in TV land bought into the idea that Emma Thompson is a young up and coming star, with a wide range of abilities & brains. So, they reasoned, lets push the boat out and give her a TV series. The show as I remember it was a mix of comedy, dance and singing. However, getting her own series brought out the very worst in Thompson, encouraging a lack of internal self-censorship about what were good ideas and what were bad. Many of her comedy sketches are bafflingly unfunny, ironically the title sequence where she does this little spin and then turns her body into a T shape (ie 't' for Thompson), as if to say 'Look Mum, I can do anything', is the height of unintentional comedy. When this programme came out in the UK there were only four TV channels, so programmes then came under a great amount of scrutiny. The general verdict at the time, was 'I can't believe anything so bad could be made by the BBC', and 'What an awful conceited person she is'. Since then many in the UK have held a grudge against the programme and Emma. In the US where such connections are lost, I guess it was just seen as more of an exotic, off-beat piece of whimsy from Europe and people could just take or leave it.
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