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Most recently produced comedies just don't hit the right spot for me. I tend to searcg UKGold each night for the real oldies and I watch them over and over again. However 'Kiss Me Kate' proved to be the exception. Kate, played by Caroline Quentin, is a counsellor and the programmes are set in her office or at her house. We rarely, if ever, see anything else. Mel (Amanda Holden) is Kate's secretary and Craig is her boyfriend. Douglas, played by Chris Langham who wrote the series. Douglas is quite odd and strange looking but he is the sort of character who finds that things go wrong around him and we all say 'ah, what a shame!'. He does get your sympathy! Each episode is centred on the way those in the office work together. We do get a glimpse of a patient sometimes but it is usually a brief glimpse accompanied by a funny line or two. My favourite episode is the one where Craig is trying to organise a holiday for Kate because they all think she should have one. As usual Craig gets himself in a muddle and Kate gets the wrong end of the stick. There were only 8 episodes in the first series and I just started to get into it when it ended. However there is a second series. If you haven't watched this you should. It's a good laugh and you will enjoy it more if you watch regularly and get to know the characters. This is gentle comedy and there is no bad language or sexual innuendo so it is suitable for all the family to watch. I don't think that younger children will understand the humour but there is still no reason why they can't watch. A good laugh is the best therapy anybody can get!
I am one of those people who believes all the best sitcoms were written in the 1970s - Bless This House, Are You Being Served ?, Man About The House... But Kiss Me Kate is one recent sitcom I watch and love. It is so well written, well observed and the acting and timing of the cast are faultless. Caroline Quentin was outstanding in Men Behaving Badly, but in this sitcom, she plays a counsellor called Kate. Most of the action takes place in her office or at her house. Besides Kate, the main cast are Mel (played by Amanda Holden) who is Kate's secretary ; Douglas (played by Chris Langham, who also writes it) who is very strange but endearing and gets many of the best lines ; and Craig (played by Darren Boyd) who is Mel's boyfriend. A recent addition to the cast is Iain (Bill Nighy) who plays Douglas' brother with an uncanny knack of looking and sounding remarkably like him ! I have watched this programme since the first episode and it is now just over halfway through another series. There are eight programmes in this series, usually shown at 9:40pm on Saturday nights (sometimes Sundays) on BBC 1. I would recommend it to anyone, I'm sure you will find yourself getting drawn into the lives of the characters and laughing along. Enjoy !
This programme has recently returned for a new series on BBC1 and for anyone who watched the previous series and didn't enjoy it, I would urge you to give it another try. When I had seen the show before I hadn't thought it particularly funny and cannot remember actually watching a full episode, so when they started advertising its return I wasn't looking forward to it. As it happened there was nothing else on when the programme went out on a Saturday evening and so decided to give it a go, what a surprise it turned out to be. The cast is headed by Caroline Quentin as the Kate of the title. She works as a counsellor with Douglas (Chris Langham) and their receptionist Mel (Amanda Holden)and Mel is going out with Craig (Darren Boyd). The story revolves around these four and their lives at both work and home. Douglas is living at Kates flat and, unbeknown to her, would also like to go out with her but seems destined to remain as just good friends. Some of the funniest moment involve Mel and Craig, with Craig having an almost childlike naievity about everything which often leads to him having the best lines of the whole cast. The show is also co-written by Langham with John Morton and they are to be congratulated for an extremely well written script which is entertaining from start to finish. The show doesn't rely on on location for all the action and the scenes where Kate is having a counselling session with one of her appointments are just as funny as the ones set in her flat. All the supporting cast who play the various people needing help have also been very good so far this series. It will be interesting to see how they develop the storyline about Douglas's unrequited love because usually this type of plot can only be kept going for so long without it becoming totally unbelievable. Now that I have become such a fan of this show I am looking to watch the repeats on UK Gold to see if my initial impression
of this show was wrong or I was just unlucky to catch a poor episode before. I would apreciate any comments from people who have watched this show both before and now to let me know what they think.