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When the fighting ends, the fun begins
"Pure pleasure" --The Observer (U.K.)
Seen on public television
As World War II ends, thousands of British soldiers get “demobbed”—demobilized and sent back into civilian life. Among them are Captain Ian Deasey (Griff Rhys Jones, Alas Smith & Jones) and Lance Corporal Dick Dobson (Martin Clunes, Doc Martin). Deasey and Dobson have had a “good war,” much of it spent entertaining the troops with their bawdy stage routines. But after serving four years in the North African desert, they find it hard to adjust to peacetime London and long for the stage lights once more. Soon they’re performing a cabaret act at the Blue Parrot nightclub, but their personal lives may get in the way of their professional ambitions.
Sharp writing and a stellar ensemble cast--including comic great Les Dawson in one of his final roles--round out this nostalgic comedy drama about post-war Britain. Also starring Amanda Redman (New Tricks), Simon Williams (Upstairs, Downstairs), Samantha Janus (Pie in the Sky), and James Faulkner (The Bank Job).
Contains partial nudity
Top Customer Reviews
Two soldiers who were troop entertainers during the war, have little other skills to fall back on. How will they cope? A star British cast provides 6 pleasurable, funny, and sometimes troublesome episodes, each 50 minutes.
1--Deasey (Griff Rhys Jones-`Alias Smith and Jones' `Funnybones') heads to family after WWII. His war buddy, Dobson (Martin Clunes-`Doc Martin' `Lorna Doone' `William & Mary') finds new friends but they're a bit on the shady side. Janet Deasey (Amanda Redman-`New Tricks' `Little Dorrit' `At Home with the Beraithwaites') finds her returned hubby changed. Post-war efforts catch up with them and the post-war-stage is reset.
2--Deasey tries day & night jobs till he gets the sack. Should the boys go pro o the stage? Club's blonde dancer, Hedda (Samantha Janus Womack-`Pie in the Sky' `Eastenders') looks for information on a MIA spouse. Hedda shows bare chest in more than one episode, and she can sing too. Dick weds...kinda!
3--A week Liverpool gig for "Deasey & Dobson." All does not go well. A post-war bomb. Meanwhile, back at London, Janet has her own bit of `funny business' happenings. Best friend Annabel (Tilly Blackwood) is dismayed.Read more ›
It is funny and very moving.
I have now seen it many times - never get tired of it.
A definate favorite.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very disappointed with the "humor" in this series. Only watched the first couple. Definitely not up to regular British standards.Published 12 months ago by Bun
THIS HELD OUR INTERESTS FROM THE BEGINNING AND MARTIN CLUNES MAKES CHARAC TER PARTS BELIEVEABLE AND ENTERTAINING.. HE WAS GOOD IN THIS.Published on August 19, 2013 by LOUISE F WEBB