'Waiting for God: The Complete Series'
(Graham Crowden, Stephanie Cole, Daniel Hill, Andrew Tourell, et al / 9-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / BBC Home Video)
Overview: Every episode of Tom and Diana's adventure at Bayview Retirement Village is now available in one complete set! At the Bayview Retirement Village the elderly are expected to grow old gracefully, enjoying their final years in peace, quiet and comfort... but not if Tom (Graham Crowden) and Diana (Stephanie Cole) have anything to do with it!
DVD: Come on now, is there anything better than a grouchy 'ol lady being forced to put up with a crazy 'ol man in the setting of a retirement home? This is a fantastic comedy just about that and it is so side-splittingly funny that you will keep on laughing after every episode is over. I think that all generations will love this.
Clever, angry, annoyed and freakin' brilliant! The off-friendship between Diana Trent and Tom Ballard makes for quite a comedy. British television program Waiting For God's Season One is a great example of classic and thoroughly entertaining (and enjoyable) comedy, and no doubt shows the reason it was so well-received by viewers. One of the definitive British comedies of all time!
Tom and Diana are perfect in the way that the banter. He's an optimist who lives in a fantasy world. His wretched family provides plenty of cannon-fodder for his off-beat observations and odd humor. Diana is a hardcore realist who has a sharp tongue and a suspicious nature. Between the two of them, there isn't much that can withstand their combined wit and sly humor.
Their arch-nemesis is a narcissistic manager who's official (within the old folks home) nickname is "The Idiot Baines" and his timid sycophant/ admirer Jane.
What kept me watching the episodes is the way the characters are presented. Even in the very first season, Diana puts it thusly: "We are not a group to be managed." Fighting for the respect they deserve - in a society that reveres age in everything but itself - Diana and Tom carve such a niche at Bayview that Harvey spends the entire run of the show trying to chuck them out!
Ideas that would be handled with all the tact of a road roller in the US get treated with a sense of decorum. Indeed, the first season episode entitled "Scandal," first aired in October of 1993, is proof of that.
And, as much as many, oh so many things/mishaps happen to this lively 'couple' throughout the five season, come the final one, and, well, the last season of the award-winning comedy series has Tom landing in jail after a driving lesson goes awry!
Meanwhile, following Diana's rejection of his marriage proposal, Tom decides to go bungee jumping. At the very edge of his leap, Diana withdraws her refusal but lays down strict ground rules for their future married life. Now the only challenge left is to live happily ever after! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
All five seasons on nine discs
1992 and 1993 Christmas Specials
A "Funny Women" Featurette: Stephanie Cole
Season 1: mono; Seasons 2-5: stereo