Waiting for God: Season 1
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At the Bayview Retirement Village the elderly are expected to grow old gracefully, enjoying their final years in peace, quiet and comfort... but not if Tom (Graham Crowden) and Diana (Stephanie Cole) have anything to do with it! Meet two elderly eccentrics who refuse to put up with the appalling food and condescending staff, in the hilariously cynical BAFTA-nominated comedy that won Stephanie Cole a British Comedy Award in 1992.]]>
- Seven episodes on one disc
- Cast biographies
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I have never laughed aloud so much at a series as I have at the adventures of Stephanie Cole's Diana Trent (spinster & proud of it) and Graham Crowden's Tom (part-time bullfighter on the moon, when he wasn't digging out of Colditz with "Dickie and Johnny"), and their battles against Daniel Hill's "The Idiot Baines" and Janine Duvitski's love-starved Jane. Together with sex-fiend Basil and other inmates, and constantly thwarting the efforts of Tom's revolting family to control them, the antics are pricelss.
What keeps me watching the episodes is the way the characters are presented. Diana puts it thusly: "We are not a group to be managed." Fighting for the respect they deserve - in a society that reveres age in everything but itself - Diana and Tom carve such a niche at Bayview that Harvey spends the entire run of the show trying to chuck them out! Ideas that would be handled with all the tact of a road roller in the US get treated with a sense of decorum. The episode entitled "Scandal," first aired in October of 1993, is proof of that. The final episode of the show ('Two Weddings')is so well done that it literally leaves one's ribs sore from laughing.
I have been hunting for all 47 episodes of the show, which form a total story, with a beginning (Tom's arrival), a middle (the Scandal!), and an end (call it two weddings and a funeral - not the one released). This series is done with wit and taste, and in many ways I am GLAD it never made it across the Atlantic. American producers would have surely messed it up.Read more ›
Stephanie Cole is Diana Trent who is a retired photojournalist who spent all her time working and never raised a family. She has lived her life at full throtle and has not slowed down for retirement. She believes that being old is not fatal. (Note: Stephanie was only 49 when the series premiered!)
Graham Crowden is Tom Ballard. He raised an extremely boring son who is married to an alcoholic nymphomanic. Tom goes on mental walkabouts with famous dead people. Tom is actually very together, he just doesn't like to admit it.
They are neighbors at Bayview Retirement Community which is run by the superego Harvey Baines (Better known as the Idiot Baines.)and the overly kind Jane. Harvey always has a plan to make more money or a plan to get rid of a pesky resident but you know that Diana and Tom will foil his plans.
This dvd has seven episodes.
Welcome to Bayview (Pilot) - Tom's family is trying to dump him at a retirement home but to his surprise his neighbor has decided not to go gently into the night and she is taking Tom on her joy ride.
A Trip to Brighton - Diana's sole relative, her niece, leaves her Porsche while she is abroad and Diana and Tom go for a joy ride! (Watch for Tom's great "courtroom" scene at the end!)
Cheering Up Tom - Tom think he is dying but the doctor has another diagnosis! Diana is charged with cheering Tom up.
The Christening - The christening is just a side bit. Harvey finds out that Diana forgot to disclose a malady on her application and now is trying to get her evicted!Read more ›
Now, BBC, for the sake of all your devoted fans, you need to release the series "One Foot in The Grave" and "George & Mildred" in the US (these are currently being released in the UK). No comedy diet should be without these 2 excellent series to compliment "Waiting For God".
For anyone interested, 2 other great Brit-coms, "My Hero" and "Mulberry-the complete series" are being released on Amazon mid-year.
I must say, however, I am extremely disappointed that there are as yet no bonus materials included on the disc for series one. There were only seven episodes total in the first series, and I'm pretty sure the BBC could have come up with something decent to include for bonus stuff...Say, for instance, Stephanie Cole's 1992 acceptance of her BSFA award.
I never get tired of watching this show. No matter how many times I've seen it, it still leaves me in stitches.
Hats off to the wonderfully funny cast of this series. Especially Stephanie Cole (Diana Trent) and Graham Crowden (Tom Ballard). BBC has finally paid their respects to you all.
For those who don't know it yet, there's a book which accompanies the series written by Paul Ableman. You can't get the book from the BBC though...But you can get it here at amazon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great British series! I fell in love with it when I lived in Europe, and I am so glad I found it again! Packaged good, and arrived really quicklyPublished 4 months ago by Candace L. Wonderling
Not at all appealing to me. I'm usually a fan of British humor, but this did not meet my expectations.Published 18 months ago by RuthMarie
Enjoyed the dialog, please erase the "canned laughter" sound track, it is tacky, so I won't order any more of "waiting".Published 20 months ago by Walter John Baagoe
One of the best of the BritComs! The entire series is thought provoking and pretty honest, which makes the humor more touching.Published 22 months ago by Ms. Dragon
Love this show and Diana Trent. Recommend it for fans of Brit ComsPublished 23 months ago by P. King