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A British comedy series following the misadventures of a small law firm. The staff includes such characters as the young and eager bumbler Colin, the old and timid bumbler Bob and the stern... See full summary »


Simon Nye




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Series cast summary:
Patrick Barlow Patrick Barlow ...  Bob / ... 21 episodes, 1995-1998
Imelda Staunton ...  Stella Phelps 21 episodes, 1995-1998
Richard Lumsden ...  Colin Lotus 21 episodes, 1995-1998
Kate Isitt ...  Alison 21 episodes, 1995-1998
Matthew Ashforde Matthew Ashforde ...  Darren 21 episodes, 1995-1998
Jeremy Clyde Jeremy Clyde ...  Dick Spackman 14 episodes, 1995-1996
Nicole Arumugam Nicole Arumugam ...  Sarah / ... 11 episodes, 1995-1998


A British comedy series following the misadventures of a small law firm. The staff includes such characters as the young and eager bumbler Colin, the old and timid bumbler Bob and the stern and unsympathetic office commander Stella. Leading this gang is the completely incompetent Dick Spackman, who breezes through life unaware that his employees can barely handle their own affairs, let alone their clients'. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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12 September 1995 (UK) See more »

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Pykälänviilajat See more »

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(21 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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The star of the show is called Stella (Stellar = starlike), and the remaining main characters are named alphabetically: Alison, Bob, Colin and Darren. See more »

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Wit and sharp self-deprecating observational English humour
24 May 2007 | by trimmerb1234See all my reviews

This very English sit com contains a series of under-performing human beings who spend 8 hours a day together in a small law office. We all recognise elements of them either in ourselves or in others yet how to describe them? Why do the English not have the exact words? Because we would consider it unkind to give harsh labels to the harmless. The Dalmation-dotty hopeless young Colin. Bumbling Bob - permanently paralysed by a mixture of passion and embarrassment. Stella: the real engine of the establisment but never getting work and a love-life in sync. Young Darren - his school friends would be out stealing cars but Darren has, relatively, a conscience and some ambition, and has risen to the level of office dogs-body. Alison a bored, beautiful bitch. Dick - posh senior partner, clever, clubbable and terminally lazy. An excellent and often accomplished cast.

This is at times hilarious comedy. Its because we don't have the words to precisely categorise every kind of fool that it remains kind and not judgemental. We get to like them all in different ways. There is a self-effacing quality about Simon Nye's writing too - clever but never flashily so.

Oddly it reminds me a little of "King of Queens" - entirely different setting but similarly human and not unkind.

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