I have to confess that I absolutely love British comedies. Hyacinth telling Richard to watch out for the pedestrians (two blocks away, no less!) is just as funny to me the first time I see it as it is the tenth. I can watch Keeping Up Appearances over and over, and never get tired of that show. (More on that series later…)
I have chosen to highlight the Waiting for God series because I think that a lot of us who live here in the States have “sort of missed it.” I believe that PBS showed it years ago, and quite frankly, if I saw it then, I didn’t stay with it. Now that I understand the premise of the show, I find it a wonderful way to spend time watching TV. (I must admit that I have not been swept away with any of the current reality shows……. so I don’t know who is dancing with the “stars,” or who is being hired to work for The Donald, or who can sing with even more “stars.”) Both Season One and Season Two of Waiting for God are now available…. And I can’t wait for the rest of the seasons to be released.
The show takes place in a retirement community where Diana Trent (played beautifully by Stephanie Cole), plans on living out her remaining years. Diana is a woman whose life has included all sorts of adventures… she chose her free-wheeling career, while still having a “daughter of sorts” when she was in town visiting her niece. Diana isn’t cynical or acid-tongued…… she is even more than those words can describe!
Tom Ballard (played wonderfully by Graham Crowden), on the other hand, had a stable, quiet life, and doesn’t seem at all upset by having his son (read: daughter-in-law!) place him at the retirement community. Tom sometimes goes to a world within his head, and sometimes has problems differentiating between his two worlds.
Fortunately for us, Tom and Diana are immediate neighbors, so any time they are outside in their little garden areas, they see each other. This series is very BRITISH….. but not at all mysterious. The only mystery involved is how I missed it when PBS showed it! (Season Three and Season Four have finally been released!)
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