FRESH FIELDS, SET 2
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'Full of sly, sharp, warm humor' —Los Angeles Times
The International Emmy®-winning British comedy
A British couple’s empty-nest adventures
Anton Rodgers (May to December) and Julia McKenzie (Agatha Christie’s Marple) return as William and Hester Fields, a middle-aged couple whose grown children have left home to start lives of their own. Hester is ready for a new life, too—and takes on everything from redecorating to catering. Staid William would much prefer that his life—and his wife—remain unchanged. Inevitably, he finds himself drawn into Hester’s self-improvement schemes, usually reluctantly but always with hilarious results.
This set includes both Series 3 and 4 of the charmingly domestic Britcom that the Los Angeles Times called “wonderful.”
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Here's hoping that Acorn either does an updated DVD release, or release this episode on its own.
All 14 episodes DO HAVE SDH SUBTITLES.
Set 2 is actually Seasons 3 & 4 (Set one was seasons 1 & 2). From here the show changed, but the 2 stars came back for 3 more seasons in a newest series "French Fields". Maybe we'll get lucky and that will someday be on DVD as well.
Episode details for those who like more (Season/episode, i.e. 3/1)
3/1 DO IT YOURSELF Hester tells hubby William there needs to be something different in the bedroom. A new "Guy" joins the family.
3/2 A WAITING GAME Wm is overworking by entertaining a client and working a new deal. Hester's own business deal makes it worse.
3/3 MOVABLE FEASTS Fields sit their grandson while Hester delivers "Meals on Wheels" which results in some police action.
3/4 TIPPING THE SCALES Hester's idea of Wm's diet is less calories & booze. Wm feels the pains of starvation.Read more ›
The scripts, all written by John Chapman, are hit-and-miss, often relying on naughty bits, both double entendres (on fixing the bedroom: "I think it's high time we had a change." "Good idea. Anyone in mind?") and William's occasional (Groucho) Marxist joking about polygamy or adultery. The episodes also tend to be disjointed, with little continuity. In "Life is Full of Ups and Downs," William's concerned about financial reversals, but the problem is forgotten by episode's end. Some bits are familiar; I'd just seen the closing gag in "Ups and Downs" in Genevieve, a 1950s British movie I'd reviewed for DVD Verdict. A plot twist involving Nancy is just thrown in abruptly at the end of "Happy Returns." The show at times feels as plotless as Mr. Bean, only with lots of dialogue and not quite as funny.
At the same time, each episode had at least one bit that made me laugh out loud. Anton Rodgers and Julia McKenzie are excellent comedians, and when there's a good gag, it's really, really good. They also share a chemistry that could leave you thinking they were really married and always come across as a loving couple, even if they're always sparring over something and William is constantly calling his wife "barmy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very enjoyable. I missed seeing my favorite episode, though. That's the one where he joins the ladies (dressed up as one of them) in a musical. Read morePublished 6 months ago by AnnaMarie Sullivan
wonderful British humor as expected, did not disappoint at allPublished 21 months ago by luvn UK comedy
Love this series and watch it time after time. The characters are great the programs hold your interest for the duration of the show.Published on January 12, 2014 by atticmom
We only wish there were more episodes to watch. Maybe we can look forward to a remake or extension someday? Please... ;0)Published on December 23, 2012 by Jackson65
I have thoroughly enjoyed this program in the past and love it the second time around. I highly recommend it for laughs.Published on December 7, 2012 by Rocky Mountain Snowgirl