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Hold the Sunset

  • 2018
  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Comedy

Summary

Edith's dreams of retirement to the sun with her long-term suitor Phil are shattered when her 50-year-old son Roger arrives home, seeking to recapture his boyhood happiness.

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Episode 1: Bubbly

Summary

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.
Recommended

Review

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.

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Cast

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EdithAlison Steadman
PhilJohn Cleese
RogerJason Watkins
WendyRosie Cavaliero
Mr DugdalePeter Egan

Crew

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DirectorAlexander Johnson
EditorAdam Bokey
Executive producerChris Sussman
ProducerHumphrey Barclay
ProducerMoira Williams
WriterCharles McKeown

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  • Episode 1

    Bubbly

    Summary

    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.
    Recommended

    Review

    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.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    EdithAlison Steadman
    PhilJohn Cleese
    RogerJason Watkins
    WendyRosie Cavaliero
    Mr DugdalePeter Egan

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorAlexander Johnson
    EditorAdam Bokey
    Executive producerChris Sussman
    ProducerHumphrey Barclay
    ProducerMoira Williams
    WriterCharles McKeown

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