'Waiting For God - Season Two'
(Graham Crowden, Stephanie Cole, Lucy Aston, Tim Preece, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (1991) 2007 / BBC Home Video)
Overview: When Tom Ballard moves to Bayview Retirement Vilage, he meets Diana Trent, a feisty old woman who complains about everything and wants nothing more than just to die. Much to the dislike of Harvey Baines, the head of the home, the two form a friendship and eventually a romance, helping each other out of tight situations. Tom's son, Geofrey, and daughter-in-law, Marion (whom Tom doesn't particularly like) are constantly stopping in and Jane, a worker at the home, is Diana's worst nightmare being constantly cheerful. Together, though, Tom and Diana make it together while they are waiting for God.
DVD Verdict: "Waiting for God" is the ultimate BBC comedy on aging. Tom Ballard(Graham Crowden) and Diana Trent (Stephanie Cole) wreak havoc in and around the Bayview Retirement Community, much to the chagrin of Harvey Baines (Daniel Hill) who runs the place and the confusion of Jane Edwards (Janine Duvitski). Please take note: the series has a definite beginning, middle, and end. Most of the episodes do stand alone - however, I would like to suggest seeing them in order. IF YOU HAVEN"T SEEN THE FIRST SERIES/SEASON, YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER THAT BEFORE WATCHING THESE! Waiting for God - Season 1
For those who already know Tom & Diana, there is no better treat than a return trip to the Bayview Retirement Community "for the almost dead." The second series includes ten episodes of the battle for respect as waged by Tom and Diana. Some of the hijinx include the introduction of Daisy for two episodes ("Just what I need - a real life Major Barbara banging about the place!") who increases a rift between Tom and Diana; Tom's policy of telling ONLY the WHOLE truth; and the hilarious hip operation which conflicts with Sarah's wedding. However, there are three must-have episodes: "Glamourous Grannies" in which Diana bets Tom she can be nice to everyone for a week; "Young People" which involves Harvey's latest scheme to be rid of Diana on the grounds of morality; and finally, "The Boring Son," in which Tom's son Geoffrey (Andrew Tourell) leaves his wife and moves in with Tom driving everyone nuts in the process.
The British have a wonderfully understated way of presenting the trials and hassles of aging. This series is the best to come over from England, and let's hope A&E/BBC continue to release the show! This is a Widescreen Presentation (4:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
All 10 second season episodes on two discs
A Funny Women featurette: Stephanie Cole