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fresh fields/french fields

★★★★

The International Emmy Award-winning comedy starring Julia McKenzie (Marple) and Anton Rodgers (May to September) and as Hester and William Fields, a happily married middle-class couple whose children have flown the nest. 

Fresh Fields' gentle humour garnered high ratings throughout its four-year run, with McKenzie earning a BAFTA nomination for Best Light Entertainment Performance. 

Its sequel, French Fields, saw the couple following their children's example and setting up home across the Channel; three series chart a whole new chapter of misadventure as the Fields try to breach the language barrier and adapt to the strange customs of their adopted home. This set presents both complete series, brought together for the first time on DVD.

Compared to more edgy, British comedic titles that were released in the 80’s like the Young Ones, Fresh Fields and its sequel French Fields seems kind of tame in comparison. 

But the humour, genteel though it is, is to be found firstly in the little nooks and crevices of the relationship between Hester and William as Hester faces her mid life crisis. This is also another avenue for comedy as Hester tries everything from the gym to taking part in a stage musical. 

While not the most outrageous of British sitcoms, Fresh Fields/French is a genteel comedy with heart.

★★★★

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Fresh Fields/French Fields is available on disc and digital from all good retailers.