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directed by Bill Wilson, Ray Butt, and Peter Whitmore
UK 1974

 

Running five series and followed up by the nine series TERRY AND JUNE, HAPPY EVER AFTER stared Terry Scott (HUGH & I) and June Whitfield (best known to modern audiences as Edina's passive-aggressive mother on ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS) as Terry and June Fletcher, Ealing Common-based parents of three who barely have time to experience "Empty Nest Syndrome" when they must take in June's elderly Sherry-nipping Aunt Lucy (Beryl Cooke, BLOOD BEAST TERROR) - who has spent most of her life in India - and her chatty Mynah bird Gunga Din. As Terry and June try to adjust to life without their children - eldest Frank (John Alkin) is in Hong Kong, middle child Debbie (Caroline Whitaker, CARRY ON GIRLS) is a college radical, and boy-crazy Suzy (Pippa Page) has taken up digs in swinging Chelsea - they find that they share no interests, Terry tends to go overboard when trying to adapt June's hobbies or new ones, and June is starting to resent Terry's perception of her work as a housewife now that she is only tending to him and Lucy (whose stay is a point of contention between the two). Highlights of series one include an attempt at a second honeymoon in which they are forced to take separate rooms (with Hammer regular Michael Ripper as a beleaguered porter), Terry getting the acting bug and making a shambles of June's amateur dramatics society performance, and losing much in translation while entertaining a French businessman.
Series two has Terry and June having a go at country life, attempting to fill their spare time with social work at a randy old folks' home, Terry experiencing withdrawal when June gets rid of the television set, some casual seventies British racism when Frank brings home a Chinese fiancee, Terry's attempt to portray his family as dignified and cultured going awry when Suzy's boyfriend wants to filmed them for a television program, and Terry trying to write a novel.

Series three finds June wanting another baby and pushing Terry into a trial adoption of a smart child who learns only bad things from Terry, Terry anticipating an invitation into high society when flighty Suzy gets serious about the son of the Earl of Buckley (THE NAKED CIVIL SERVANT's Anthony Howard), Terry gets in over his head again by directing and starring in an ambitious and historically inaccurate historical pageant to raise money for the church's sagging roof (with June playing "Anne of Cloves" among other historical personages), Terry becoming a victim of "Mistaken Indentikit" when a likeness of him hits the news as the prime suspect in the "Granny Grabber" muggings (with an appearance by KEEPING UP APPEARANCES' Josephine Tewson), the couple taking up Rally Racing followed by a trial separation (while still living in the same house), Terry going ga-ga over a comely French exchange student (THE IRON ROSE's Françoise Pascal), Terry and June get into trouble when they re-gift Lucy's present after they forget an anniversary dinner for another couple, and the 1976 Christmas special in which Terry, June, and Lucy decide to celebrate in spite of last minute cancellations from Debbie and Suzy. Series four begins with Terry impulsively buying a broken-down boat and taking June, Lucy, Debbie, and Suzy on a disastrous voyage, Terry takes up sculpting and then digs up most of Ealing Common after discovering a Roman coin in his garden, Terry is suspected of having an affair with a gay divorcee (CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF's Sheila Brennan) after Lucy stumbles upon a love letter, and June invites her parents to Christmas for the 1977 special. Series five highlights include Terry trying to lose weight, Terry breaking his leg before an overambitious church fundraising production of THE KING & I, and adapting his old school friend's (AS TIME GOES BY's Geoffrey Palmer) fun-loving lifestyle when June takes a job and starts wearing the pants in the family.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 17 Jul. 1974 - 25 Apr. 1979 (UK TV)

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DVD Review: Simply Media - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Simply Media

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 20h6m41 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: ~5.7 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Simply Media

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� Disc One:
� Pilot plus Series 1 Episodes 1-5 (with 'Play All' option; 2:56:24)

� Disc Two:
� Series 2 Episodes 1-5 (with 'Play All' option; 2:28:45)

� Disc Three:
� Series 2 Episodes 6-10 (with 'Play All' option; 2:25:35)

� Disc Four:
� Series 3 Episodes 1-5 (with 'Play All' option; 2:27:35)

� Disc Five:
� Series 3 Episodes 6-9 plus 1976 Xmas Special (with 'Play All' option; 2:27:15)

� Disc Six:
� Series 4 Episodes 1-7 plus 1977 Xmas Special (with 'Play All' option; 2:56:08)

� Disc Seven:
� Series 5 Episodes 1-7 (with 'Play All' option; 3:24:59)

DVD Release Date: 26 September 2016
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Chapters 127

 

 

 

Comments

There is some inconsistency in the authoring of this seven-disc, five series set with a three-hour disc one comprising the pilot and series 1 episodes, the ten episodes of series 2 split between two discs, the nine episodes of series 3 plus the first Christmas special split between two more more discs, while disc six comprises all seven series 4 episodes and the second Christmas special, and disc seven featuring all seven series 5 episodes. The old tape sources being what they are with a low-def image, tape damage, flaring light sources, and clipped video highlights, the extra compression of the longer discs is not really so detrimental. The Dolby Digital 2.0 mono rendering of the audio fares better overall. Optional English subtitles are rife with transcription errors ("suet pudding" becomes "sweet pudding" among others) but still a welcome addition for some of the fast delivery. There are no extras.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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