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Series cast summary:
Graham Crowden ...  Tom / ... 47 episodes, 1990-1994
Stephanie Cole ...  Diana Trent 47 episodes, 1990-1994
Daniel Hill ...  Harvey Bains 47 episodes, 1990-1994
Janine Duvitski Janine Duvitski ...  Jane Edwards / ... 47 episodes, 1990-1994
Andrew Tourell Andrew Tourell ...  Geoffrey / ... 46 episodes, 1990-1994
Sandra Payne Sandra Payne ...  Marion Ballard / ... 46 episodes, 1990-1994
Michael Bilton Michael Bilton ...  Basil Makepeace 27 episodes, 1990-1993
Dawn Hope Dawn Hope ...  Jenny 26 episodes, 1990-1994
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When Tom Ballard moves to Bayview Retirement Vilage, he meets Diana Trent, a feisty old woman who complains about everything and wants nothing more than just to die. Much to the dislike of Harvey Baines, the head of the home, the two form a friendship and eventually a romance, helping each other out of tight situations. Tom's son, Geofrey, and daughter-in-law, Marion (whom Tom doesn't particularly like) are constantly stopping in and Jane, a worker at the home, is Diana's worst nightmare being constantly cheerful. Together, though, Tom and Diana make it together while they are waiting for God. Written by Christopher Rothbauer <kg9it@qsl.net>

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English

Release Date:

28 June 1990 (UK) See more »

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Endstation Paradies See more »

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(47 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Bilton, who played Basil, died 5 November 1993 in the midst of the fourth season's original airing. The character simply disappears from the Bayview dining room from that point on, without any memorial to the actor in the credits, nor any reason in the plot for why he's not there. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Harvey Bains: Jane, you're touching me.
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Connections

Featured in The Funny Ladies of British Comedy (2004) See more »

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Trout Quintet, Op. 114
by Franz Schubert
Performed by The Nash Ensemble
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Cynically sweet.
10 April 2003 | by Voxel-UxSee all my reviews

Here we have a programme centring around two elderly and cynical people in a retirement home located in Britain's version of Florida: Bournemouth. Did I say elderly? Well, only in age, not attitude. Take one Tom Ballard, a gentleman deposited by his son into the retirement home who is one half of the cynical pair. Although cynical, his character expresses this with good humour and resignation, philosophy, and plays upon the ageist attitude that old people are helpless and eccentric, leaving one to wonder whether he is actually mad, or just pretending to be.

The other half, Diana, a worldly woman who sees the effects of society's attitude toward the old now that she is of retirement age and, in contrast to Tom, vents spleen any chance she gets, usually towards Harvey, the young man who runs the Home whose character is a composite of the 20-40 yuppy age group's attitude towards those beyond 65.

The humour is quick-firing, very British, and also pulls no punches with regards to attitudes and observations of society during the latter half of the 80s and into the 90s. All told, an excellent series that will take a long time in the future before it seems dated.


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