Boomers

Series 1 - Episode 1

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

This sitcom from Richard Pinto (Citizen Khan) will be clasped to the bosom of anyone who loves New Tricks, as Boomers centres on a group of old-timers, friends from years back, who find themselves out of kilter with the modern world.

The humour is broad and painted with the widest brush strokes and there are echoes of Victor Meldrew’s curmudgeonly head-butting against the idiocies of political correctness and life in general. The cast includes some solid comedy names, including Russ Abbot as the dourest member of the group and Nigel Planer as the wide boy with the newly acquired young Eastern European wife (feel free to let out a weary groan).

The women (Alison Steadman, Paula Wilcox, Stephanie Beacham) always win out in any given situation as their hopeless blokes go to the pub. In the opening episode, everyone gathers at a funeral.

About this programme

1/6. Comedy following the ups and downs of three newly retired couples living in the Norfolk resort of Thurnemouth. The gang prepares for the funeral of old friend Jean, although Alan seems more interested that her ex-husband, his old pal Mick, is flying over from Spain for the service. John is wary of the visitor, convinced he has had a thing for his wife Maureen ever since a notorious holiday in Weymouth many moons ago. Meanwhile, Joyce is preoccupied with the thought of her daughter-in-law giving birth any day now. Philip Jackson, Alison Steadman, Russ Abbot, Stephanie Beacham, Paula Wilcox and James Smith star, with a guest appearance by Nigel Planer.

Cast and crew

Cast

Alan
Philip Jackson
Joyce
Alison Steadman
Maureen
Stephanie Beacham
John
Russ Abbot
Carol
Paula Wilcox
Trevor
James Smith
Mick
Nigel Planer
Elena
Milanka Brooks

Crew

Director
Adam Miller
Producer
Paul Schlesinger
Writer
Richard Pinto
Categories
Sitcom

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