'MUM, I'M HOME!' A RETIRED COUPLE'S PLANS ARE SCUPPERED.
Byline: Words by: Jennifer Rodger
Edith (Alison Steadman) has reached a brilliant age. These days, her biggest problem is getting her head around the recycling rules. But it's all about to get a whole lot more complicated than the blue versus brown bin when her son (Jason Watkins) leaves his wife and kids and decides to move back in.
'We had kids and spent 20 years together. It's quite enough for me,' he declares before going to find the local girl he loved when he was seven. This rather scuppers Edith's plans. She's just poured the champagne to celebrate finally agreeing to marry Phil (John Cleese), sell their homes and buy a place in the sun.
The six parter follows Edith mummying her selfish son, and Phil trying to persuade her not to. In episode two, Anne Reid (Last Tango In Halifax) joins the cast as Edith's cleaner. Rosie Cavaliero plays her abandoned step-daughter Wendy, and Peter Egan (Ever Decreasing Circles) is a local resident who spars with Phil.
It's a comedy about family life - an Outnumbered for grandparents. 'This could run and run,' says Alison. Sounds like Edith won't be packing her suitcase just yet Alison Steadman and John Cleese get on rather famously in real life, too. They worked together in the film Clockwise (1986, below), and were very keen to star together again.
ALISON SAYS: 'That film was 32 years ago, but we haven't changed at all! John is really good fun and off the wall. Working with an old friend is great - we were able to leap straight into it because we played a married couple before.' JOHN SAYS: 'It's complete heaven to work with Alison again. It's nice to play affectionate scenes, and I don't have to act affection with Alison. She is absolutely lovely and highly entertaining.' s o nto he ed.
Here's a scenario to strike fear into the hearts of the happily retired. There's a knock at the door and your grown-up son has left his family and is moving back home!
Anne Reid plays Edith's cleaner
Peter Egan is a resident who gets into a row wth Phil
Alison Steadman, Jason Watkins and John Cleese