1 9 6 9 – 1 9 7 0 (UK)
12 x 30 minute episodes
This experimental, intelligent and funny BBC comedy was produced by Ned Sherrin and entirely devoted to the inventive brilliance of Eleanor Bron and John Fortune as both writers and performers.
A series of sketches based mainly on middle-class failure in one field or another was witty, literate and very pretty to look at. If anything, too pretty to look at: the exclusive use of white and gold and the modish stills between the items tended to weaken the asperity.
Gentle, slow-developing sketches exploited the more unpleasant sides of human nature – the selfish, spoilt only son, the parasitic society woman thriving on her friends’ misfortunes, the foot fetishist. Some of them – like the frigid husband on his wedding night – were gently funny but never more than that.