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'No Job for a Lady: The Complete Collection'
(Penelope Keith, George Baker, Mark Kingston, et al / 3-DVD / Not Rated / (1990) 2013 / Acorn Media)

Overview: She won the election, but can she win over her colleagues? Jean Price (Penelope Keith, 'To the Manor Born') has just been elected Member of Parliament for the left-wing Labour Party. Now her real work begins: getting along with her chauvinist fellow MPs while navigating the Machiavellian world of Westminster.

DVD Verdict: I have to fully admit that growing up in the UK I loved watching this wonderful TV show. Having watched her in both 'Good Neighbors' and 'To the Manor Born' beforehand, we all knew she was destined to be the lead in her own show; sooner rather than later.

And so it came to be 1990 when for three years therein Penelope Keith ruled our TV sets (in the UK) as Jean Price, a lady just-elected as a Member of Parliament for the left-wing Labour Party. A new vocation swarming with men! One of them her bitter rival, the Conservative (Tory) snob Sir Godfrey Eagan (George Baker, 'The Ruth Rendell Mysteries') who quickly from the off informs her, "Parliament is Parliament, tradition is tradition, and rules is rules."

Indeed, when they first meet she has dropped her papers on the floor in front of Eagan and as he assumes to ask her who she is, she announces herself as "Jean Price, Labor, Majority of 507." To which he quickly replies, "Ahhh, just scraped in then! Godfrey Eagan, Conservative. Majority 14,010 and a standing ovation. How do you do!" And it's from this launch pad that their relationship twists and turns for three long years.

And so Price, who got thrown out of the Girl Guides for "trying to unionize the woodpeckers" and thinks she can make a difference walks tall, head held high through the male corridors of power episode by episode. But don't think it's all political, far from it. Many episodes feature her at home, trying on the ordeals of juggling work and marriage, and even shopping with no money!

But, as we progress she is hit by such stances as "We're trying to run a political party - we haven't got time for principals," but it's these spoken gestures that solidify her as 'one of the guys' too. Keith as Price is brilliant, simply stoic in her approach to the acting persona of a political character. Sure it's not laugh-out-loud stuff, but it showcases a time when Margaret Thatcher was in power and this was the TV spawn of such a thing.

Directed by John Howard Davies ('Fawlty Towers,' 'Mr. Bean'), this Complete Collection of 'No Job For A Lady' includes all three series of the witty Britcom seen on public television in the US. These are all Full Screen Presentations (1:66.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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