1 9 8 6 (UK)
11 x 50 minute episodes
It was hard to tell who the heroes were in John Mortimer’s Paradise Postponed, Thames Television’s blockbuster about Simeon Simcox – “The Red Rector” – and how he left all his money not to his family but to Leslie Titmuss, a local lad turned Tory minister.
Perhaps Fred, the doctor’s son, was the character we should have liked. He had ‘Standards’ – but no spine. Most people enjoyed David Threlfall’s unscrupulous Titmuss more – if only for his Edward Heath vowels.
The series seemed all stop-start with too much talk and not enough action, and in the frequent flashbacks the actors always looked the same age.
Rev. Simeon Simcox
Sir Nicholas Fanner
Lady Grace Fanner
Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Titmuss