Great words of wisdom, there, Knotty!
Well, the complete set arrived early this very day, and I have watched the first 4 episodes, including the previously unseen [by me] pilot.
Going by the first entries, this series holds up pretty well: the pilot contains some scenes reworked into the first 'proper' episode amd Eddie Booth sports a bad haircut: however the original actress who played his wife is more attractive than the dowdy-frump Kate Williams. [Williams was well-cast in her role.though].
Top-drawer benefits contained within this winning series include:
sharp, compactly-written scripts, ably delivered by Driver and Powell, ensuring the weak-minded bigoted Booth character is revealed as a racist loser.
A perky----and we are talking SERIOUSLY perky ------theme tune, memorably sung by Stuart Gilles, a household name of 1972.
Tastefully revealing shots of the delightful Baden-Semper, sunbathing in the Reynolds back-garden, just this side of acceptably gratituitous .
Top-notch supporting roles in the local pub, from 'Tommo' Godfrey and Jacko Half-Pint, along with other assorted 'Jack-the-lads'help to seal the deal, character-wise.
Priceless references to how crazy inflation has got in the past 40 years: references to pints of beer for 16p, and a semi-detached house is valued at 8 thousand pounds!
All these quality benefits---and much, much more----ensure that modern dross like Keith Lemon can be easily jettisoned, as long as high quality work like this can be enjoyed and savoured.