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6 Degrees Entertainment

'In Loving Memory - Series One'
(Thora Hird, Christopher Beeny, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2011 / BFS Entertainment)

Overview: Set in a fictional Lancashire town in 1929, In Loving Memory is a classic British comedy series that depicts the hilarious events that occur in an undertaker's business when the owner (Freddie Jones - The Elephant Man) dies, leaving his sensible widow Ivy (Thora Hird - Last of the Summer Wine) to carry on with the help of her naïve and clumsy nephew, Billy (Christopher Beeny - Upstairs, Downstairs).

DVD Verdict: The year is 1929 and (quite unexpectedly!) in the opening episode ('In Loving Memory') Jeremiah Unsworth (Freddie Jones), the proprietor of the undertakers, dies! This leaves his widow Ivy (the great character actor Thora Hird) and gormless nephew Billy (Christopher Beeny) to take over the business.

As might be expected, the accident-prone Ivy and Billy have numerous mishaps, and hardly a funeral goes by without something untoward occurring. In the second episode, 'The Legacy,' Jeremiah Unsworth's sister moves in, but Ivy has other plans! In 'Gone Dancing,' which shows small village hall dance scenes of the day in grand style, Billy and his mate try to pull - and Billy does (kinda!). In 'The Rivals,' another Funeral parlor is sneaking 'customers' from Unsworth - and it's none other than Richard Wilson (One Foot In The Grave).

In 'Pork,' the Carry On films' wonderful Joan Sims as a high profile friend and now client of Ivy's establishment - but not all goes according to plan on the big day! In 'Come Back Little Malcolm,' there's a cheating wife on a window cleaners route, and her husband (Malcolm) is starts to plot his revenge. In one memorable quote here, a man (who is getting his button pushed, responds with: "I'd never have wed a sour-faced heffer like you anyway!" Classic! In the final episode of the first season, 'Onions,' a French man dies in a bike accident and Billy wants to drive over to France to drop him off! Also, and this is HUGE, Billy finds out who his real mother is! [RT] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.