Review Ever Decreasing Circles

michaellevenson

Member: Rank 8
This is a BBC comedy with Richard Briers and Penelope Wilton, later to find fame in NuWho. Briers stated that this was his best role on tv , better even than Tom Good in The Good Life.
I'd never heard of EDC until about a year ago, but wow ! it's brilliant. In the last year I've seen all four series three times.
Briers plays Martin Bryce, a middle class suburban ordinary guy who is obsessed with ' The Close', the small road where he lives with his wife. It's HIS close, or so he acts like it is. He is a busybody's busybody. He runs The Close's snooker club, cricket club, organises everyone's vacations, neighborhood watch scheme, The Close handyman, he does it all. Everyone just lets him get on with it, it's easier than trying to argue with the guy.
Then in to The Close comes Paul Ryman, a Batchelor, a free spirit , the antithesis of Martin, and sparks fly between them.
It's difficult to explain how wonderful this show is, hopefully the episode included in this thread will help.
In this one Martin is a hero having saved a girl from drowning, but as per usual he turns everyone against him by going on and on and on and on about it. Thoroughly recommended.
 

johnnybear

Member: Rank 6
Love this show with the so perfect Martin and his wife and their neighbours in the close! Martin's life is well organized and as it should be until his new next door neighbour, Paul, moves in and usurps his hold on the group with his charm and good humour! Plus Martin's wife, Ann, secretly has a crush on Paul despite his many different girlfriends each and every week!
JB
 

michaellevenson

Member: Rank 8
Love this show with the so perfect Martin and his wife and their neighbours in the close! Martin's life is well organized and as it should be until his new next door neighbour, Paul, moves in and usurps his hold on the group with his charm and good humour! Plus Martin's wife, Ann, secretly has a crush on Paul despite his many different girlfriends each and every week!
JB
Yes a brilliant show, love Howard and Hilda too. One of my favourite episodes is the Belgian Affair with Rex Tynan and the call girl that never was.
 

johnnybear

Member: Rank 6
What does the GOS bit mean? I've got the four individual Network sets which are supposed to be the better sets or so I've read! Is that true?
JB
 

michaellevenson

Member: Rank 8
What does the GOS bit mean? I've got the four individual Network sets which are supposed to be the better sets or so I've read! Is that true?
JB
I've got the set above, which is a 2007 release, probably same as yours. The GOS bit isn't on the box, probably a logo of whoever owns that image above.
 

johnnybear

Member: Rank 6
I've got the set above, which is a 2007 release, probably same as yours. The GOS bit isn't on the box, probably a logo of whoever owns that image above.
No the Network sets were around long before 2007 as I bought a series 2 set for my friend who was dying and he passed way back in 2006!
JB
 

johnnybear

Member: Rank 6
I've read that some scenes on the BBC set series one were cut and the Network set is uncut, Doc! Do you know anything about that?
JB
 
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