Hold the Sunset

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Series 1 - Episode 1 Bubbly



The fact that this features John Cleese in his first British sitcom role in decades feels like an event. The catch is, it’s not so much a sitcom, more a quirky comedy drama that may not make you laugh out loud much but will prompt the odd indulgent smile.

Be warned: it starts terribly, establishing the 70-something leads Phil (Cleese) and Edith (Alison Steadman) via ropey riffs on recycling and dog wee. Once it gets going, though, there’s a good premise. Widow Edith and her neighbour Phil decide to rekindle romance: Edith finally agrees to marry and move to a place in the sun.

But at that moment, her son Roger (Jason Watkins) turns up at the door, having split up with his wife. Watkins nearly steals the show as deluded man-child Roger. But Cleese can still deliver a wry one-liner through clenched teeth like nobody else.


Comedy, starring Alison Steadman as a retired woman who accepts a marriage proposal from her neighbour (John Cleese) and makes plans to sell their houses and start a new life in the sun. However, their plans are brought crashing to a halt when her middle-aged son abandons his wife and children and moves back in to her house, expecting to return to his carefree childhood.

Cast & Crew

Edith Alison Steadman
Phil John Cleese
Roger Jason Watkins
Wendy Rosie Cavaliero
Mr Dugdale Peter Egan
Director Alexander Johnson
Editor Adam Bokey
Executive Producer Chris Sussman
Producer Humphrey Barclay
Producer Moira Williams
Writer Charles McKeown
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