Emily by Valerie WoodEmily was only five years old when she was sent away from her ma and pa and her brother Joe to go and live with old Granny Edwards. A loving and hard-working child, she goes into service when she is twelve at the house of Roger Francis, whose connections with Emilys own family prove to be closer than she could ever have guessed. Rogers daughter Deborah takes a great fancy to Emily, and when Emily has moved to another household in Hull she finds that her new employers son Hugo is to marry Deborah. But Hugo, too, has taken a fancy to Emily, and dishonours and then betrays her to such an extent that she is imprisoned, tried and deported to Australia. But just when her fortunes seem to be at their lowest ebb, Emily is reunited with the one man who can save her from her miserable existence and bring her wealth and happiness.
Roger And Val Have Just Got In
Sign in. Roger has had another row with Phil and is not hungry. Still,Val had her pupils wash their dining room curtains for her,even though another teacher disapproved and may grass her up. Now all she and As Roger and Val prepare for a visit from Jean,Liam and Liam's little son Rhys,Roger looks at the toys he kept belonging to Christopher,the son who died.
It's a brave sitcom writer who dares to write a bleakly comic drama, without canned laughter, in which nothing very much happens and where a long-married couple natter away about the mundane details of their lives in the half-hour after they come home from work. It debuted on BBC Two in and, given little fanfare by the corporation, still gained a solid and devoted following, instantly hooked on this delicately woven story about Roger and Val Alfred Molina and Dawn French. In the first series, as they wittered on about what they had for lunch, the staffroom politics at Val's school, where she is a cookery - or rather food tech - teacher, and the customers in the garden centre where Roger works, we slowly realised there was something missing from their story. As infinitely detailed and neatly dovetailed their conversations were, they were endlessly trivial. She could take the pressure because, as she said, not everyone can cook a Sunday roast.
It's not a show that trumpets its brilliance, or demands that viewers take notice of it. Quite the opposite: it's the tale of an average married couple, doing average married couple things in a 30s semi. For me, it's the former. I love the show for all the reasons that other people can't get on with it: the lack of proper gags, a focus on the minutiae of relationships, the faceless spectre of Pam Bagnall. Much of this is down to the script.
Is it a comedy? A drama with a few gags thrown in? Whatever else, Roger & Val is essential TV with fine performances from Alfred Molina and.
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We may be in an ordinary house with an ordinary middle-aged, married couple, but the atmosphere is undeniably stark. Even though this may look like a comedy — complete with Dawn French — and, at times, feel like a comedy, we know by now that jokes are as likely as a Lottery win. Val French is a food technology teacher and Roger Alfred Molina is fighting dismissal from his job as a botanist. Each episode starts with them arriving home, followed by half an hour of real-time married life. Last night they came though the door in the middle of a childish squabble about toilet smells — an unnecessarily low opening, which showed that even the writers of a modern series that studiously eschews jokes cannot resist a bit of old-fashioned lavatory humour. An actual sprint. Luckily for Rog, it seems he was so drunk he has no recollection of this.
Chris Bryant On 02, Jan Roger Alfred Molina , an occasionally rash, socialist botanist and Val Dawn French , a logical, gentle food technology teacher, have just got in from work. Their silly, lovely, broken lives. Then they find it. And make no mistake: it is wonderful.