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A Bit of a Do (1989)
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When a shotgun wedding forces two families together, the stage is set for hilarity and heartache. The working-class Simcocks and middle-class Rodenhursts are from different ends of the social spectrum but equally snobbish. Their fortunes forever linked, they meet at various functions: weddings, a christening, a funeral, and even the crowning of Miss Frozen Chicken (U.K.). Fueled by pride, jealousy, alcohol, and lust, each event (or "do") is a calamity in the making.
David Jason (Only Fools and Horses, A Touch of Frost) leads a stellar ensemble cast in this acclaimed British comedy based on books by David Nobbs (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin). Set in a small Yorkshire town where secrets are impossible to keep, it pokes fun at class distinctions while creating genuine, believable characters. Reflecting the comedic pedigree of its creator and cast, each episode blends humor and pathos with sharp writing and surprises. Winner of several British Comedy Awards, A Bit of a Do holds a special place among classic Britcoms.
Also starring David Thewlis (Harry Potter, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas), Stephanie Cole (Doc Martin), Gwen Taylor (Barbara), Nicola Pagett (Upstairs, Downstairs), and Michael Jayston (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy).
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A favorite quote from the series: The young groom says, "The mind boggles.", and that is a fitting caption for the entire series. It's a really fun series of "DO's' happening at the local pub called "The Angel." Some great watercolor characterizations of cast for opening credits. No subtitles but does have some extra interviews and cast filmographies. Great British-style comedy.
Ted (David Jason-'The Darling Buds of May') is superb.
Liz (Nicola Pagett-'Scoop') is naughty, beautiful, and perfect in the role.
Betty (Stephanie Cole-'Doc martin', 'Lillie') drinks lots, acts well.
Laurence (Paul Chapman-'As Time goes By', '2 ep Midsomer Murders') always good.
Neville (Michael Jayston-'2 ep of Foyle's War') is a hit. So many more stars.
Episode details avoiding spoilers:
1 THE WHITE WEDDING-a nuptial 'DO' due to pregnancy that only the bride/groom know about. Groom's mom, Lix, makes a pass at bride's father, Ted. She calls herself 'a flame with sexual hunger.' Ted drools. A lawyer mourns.
2 THE DENTISTS' DINNER DANCE- In-laws invite Ted/Rita to 'A Bit of a DO,' The working class pair arrives overdressed. Liz renews the winks & kiss blowing at Ted. Recent widower, Solicitor Badger, is yet grief stricken. A secret revealed.
3 THE ANGLING CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY-Ted returns social niceties and invites Lawrence and all to his own Christmas 'DO'. Widower Neville, arrives costumed as Henry the VIII. Ted's a phony champ in more ways than one.
4 THE CHARITY HORSE-RACING EVENING-A fund raiser for theatre brings our relationship-challenged extended family to yet another 'DO.' It's TV horse-betting for charity. You can bet on another complicated evening with pairs and issues as mixed as the bets. Tongues wag along-side horse wagers. Jenny/Paul bring baby Thomas.
5 THE CROWNING OF MISS FROZEN CHICKEN (UK)-Honoring frozen hens with a skimpy clad buxom queen is the most normal thing that takes place at this 'DO.' Blackmail runs as rampant as attempts of reunification among adulterizing couples. There's even corruption among judges at the 'fowl' beauty pageant.
6 THE REGISTRY OFFICE WEDDING-Carol arrives, the 3rd place chicken queen, liaison of Paul, who broke up with wife Jenny, who is to marry Elvis, philosophical looser bro of Paul, who's mom shows up with a boyfriend about their age. All meet at the wedding of Neville to--well, that's a surprise. Confusion is life-as-normal for this 'DO' loving group.
7 THE CHURCH WEDDING-Young Gerry, greets guests coming to his wedding--even his intended's ex. The wedding is necessarily suspended do to a missing participant. The reception/food/the 'DO' carries on-in a fashion.
8 THE CHRISTENING-The 1st of babies conceived in this odd group of people is christened. Hopefully NONE of the children (or those yet unborn) at this service will take interest later in their genealogy. The christening 'DO' is a result of NOT enough previous 'DON'Ts'.
9 THE GRAND OPENING OF SILLITOE'S-Newly sobered Sillitoes are opening a non-alcoholic health food complex & restaurant by throwing a 'DO.' They invited all their friends--the bulk are mostly enemies between each other. Lots of talk between non-speaking relationships.
10 THE FAREWELL PARTY-Ted throws his own glittering sophisticated farewell 'DO'--as relations between the relations' relation grow. Will anyone ever find love outside of this dysfunctional small community? But there's the occasional merry mingle too.
11 THE INAUGURATION OF THE OUTER INNER RELIEF RING ROAD-The road launch, of course involves a 'DO' attended by Counselor Rita Simcock, the day after her son was jailed. Ring road supporters and opposition attend causing plenty of 'ring' fights.
12 THE FUNERAL-'DO' = wake. Of course it is in memory of one of the extended family clan. The bereaved spouse keeps a brave upbeat appearance, almost. A serious occasion, almost.
13 THE CIVIL WEDDING-2 weddings on the same day. 2 'DO's' on the same day--at the same location. To many past issues together in one place. 2 classes clash and pass the champagne.
A LOL series.