As Time Goes By

Jan Leeming

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Date: 16th May 2009


I've just spent the last three evenings having the most enjoyable time watching 13 episodes (two series) of 'As Time Goes By' starring Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer.  Just looked it up on the Internet and see that there were 9 series running from 1992 - 2005 - Gosh, I'm going to have to save the pennies if I want to buy the whole series and I probably will because it has such a 'feel-good' factor - it's people and relationships and manners as they used to be-  I suppose it is old-fashioned but incredibly funny.

I watch very little television - partly because I cannot bear the dumbing down and partly because I feel that when one lives alone it is all too easy to become a Couch Potato.  So whenever this series was transmitted - I missed it but was lent it by a friend.

Judi Dench is not only a fabulous actress but a very nice woman - I've met her several times and in fact the first time was decades ago in Taunton.  Some friends of mine - Brian and Tom - had, on several occasions offered hospitality to visiting thespians and in return they used to stage a performance on a Sunday Night.  The evenings were magical - a Champagne Supper and then an offering by young actors and actresses - and some not so young - and many who would go on to great acclaim.  Judy was one of those - and I cannot find words to describe her 'Magic'.  She is a consummate actress and has the ability - which so many of the young actors today don't have - to immerse herself in her roles to the point that you forget it's Judy Dench and see Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth 1 etc.  I look at so many of the actors/actresses of today who 'star' in soaps and wonder how many of them could play anything else other than themselves.  They simply do not have 'Charisma'.

As Time Goes By - is simply brilliant in my opinion.  There's no sex, no violence - just a superbly funny script about a relationship between two people who were lovers when they were young, were separated by war, and meet again in their 50's.  Judi and Geoffrey are a brilliant partnership - they spar off each other superbly and their experiences are so true to life - believe me!!!!!

I've been laughing out loud each evening and have gone to bed feeling very happy.  Don't know what I'm going to watch tonight - I've seen most of my DVD's over and over again. And 'As Time Goes By' is going to take a lot of beating.

I don't understand why, when both BBC and ITV are bleating about their lack of money!!! (oh, really!) why they can't repeat excellent series like this one and many others from the past which were made when the highest standards existed in British Television.  But no, we are given a daily diet of Reality (OK so I took part in Celebrity - Get me Out of here but I've got to live!) and Soaps.  And might I say that as most of the TV Executives are so relatively young, they don't seem to realise that their biggest audience is amongst the older generation.

It would appear that they pander to the young - who are mostly out doing other things especially at the weekends when some of the programming, to my taste,  is dire.  I happen to love the Old Movies but they are usually transmitted in the early hours of the morning and I can't work the recording machine (silly old Technophobe that I am)

We are in an era of TV where there is an ABUNDANCE OF CHOICE and NOTHING TO WATCH!

Bye for now,  Jan.

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