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Ever Decreasing Circles. Image shows from L to R: Martin Bryce (Richard Briers), Paul Ryman (Peter Egan), Ann Bryce (Penelope Wilton). Copyright: BBC.

Ever Decreasing Circles

Martin's self-important world is about to crumble when a charismatic new neighbour tramples all over his kingdom

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shaggy292

  • Friday 27th February 2009, 11:32pm
  • London, England
  • 1,736 posts

Great show.

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The Rook

  • Sunday 8th March 2009, 11:09pm [Edited]
  • Leeds, England
  • 670 posts

My EDC arrived yesterday, 6 discs with commentaries and extras for a touch under £15. I am three espisodes in and I have realised just how good it is. I have said this before elsewhere but that was based on remembering it from when they first went out (in my mid teens at the time). It is almost too painful to watch at times because you're watching a man (Martin) who for all intents and purposes has a mental illness. I think Esmonde and Larbey would have only needed to work on the scrips for a day to turn the series into a pretty bleak drama. The series reminds me of some of the characters in the Alan Bennett 'Talking Heads' monologues.

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Anorak

  • Monday 9th March 2009, 1:01am [Edited]
  • England
  • 283 posts

Ricky Gervais cites 'Ever Decreasing Circles' as his favourite sitcom of all time.

What makes the writers Esmonde and Larbey so brilliant is that they have created a textbook version of a man with Asperger syndrome - ten years before 'Asperger syndrome' had been used as a popular psychological diagnosis associated with autism.

And what makes the show so brilliant is that Richard Briers is playing so utterly against type. Poignant comedy-drama without a drop of sentimentality.

Dave

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shaggy292

  • Monday 9th March 2009, 1:01am
  • London, England
  • 1,736 posts

Are you starting from the first series, Rook?

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Anorak

  • Monday 9th March 2009, 1:03am
  • England
  • 283 posts
Quote: Anorak @ March 8 2009, 9:01 PM GMT

sitcome


Sorry Aaron, my 'edit' wouldn't work.

I think you know what I mean.

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Aaron

  • Monday 9th March 2009, 1:20am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,363 posts

Not sure why that wouldn't edit for you Dave! Sorted it out now. :)

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Jack Massey

  • Monday 9th March 2009, 3:17am
  • England
  • 2,965 posts

Just ordered my copy.

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chipolata

  • Monday 9th March 2009, 3:25pm
  • England
  • 29,710 posts
Quote: Anorak @ March 8 2009, 9:01 PM GMT

is that they have created a textbook version of a man with Asperger syndrome - ten years before 'Asperger syndrome' had been used as a popular psychological diagnosis associated with autism.


To a large extent an awful lot of great sitcom characters could be labelled as suffering from Asperger's Syndrome.

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Tuumble

  • Monday 9th March 2009, 3:33pm
  • Peterborough, England
  • 4,491 posts

I have been diagnosed with Asparagus Sindrum - the naughty usage of vegetables in percussion playing

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The Rook

  • Monday 9th March 2009, 5:25pm
  • Leeds, England
  • 670 posts
Quote: shaggy292 @ March 8 2009, 9:01 PM GMT

Are you starting from the first series, Rook?


Yup

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john lucas 101

  • Monday 9th March 2009, 5:31pm
  • England
  • 7,098 posts

Well I must say it's nice to see a thread about EDC. One of my very very favourites. I'm two episodes into series 4 and loving it all over again!

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T.W.

  • Wednesday 11th March 2009, 12:19am
  • England
  • 15,786 posts

Lovely to hear people are discovering this little gem of a sitcom.
I agree that it has shades of Alan Bennett. It is also like Alan Ayckbourn in his darker plays.
(If you ever get a chance to see 'Absurd Person Singular' by the way, go. One of the funniest black comedy farces ever. The Beeb actually filmed it for a Christmas broadcast some years back with Nicky Henson, Maureen Lipman, Geoffrey Palmer, Michael Gambon and Prunella Scales - how about that for a cast!)
The sad thing is I doubt that EDC would get commissioned thesedays.
This was a BBC1 popular sitcom. We now get Life Of Riley.

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Spagett

  • Wednesday 11th March 2009, 12:54am
  • Manchester, England
  • 450 posts

I do love the dark undertones to it.

Without that edge it is still very funny but that addded bit of pathos marks it out for greatness.

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Dene Kernohan

  • Wednesday 11th March 2009, 3:16pm [Edited]
  • Northern Ireland
  • 103 posts

I'm quite proud of the fact that I absolutely loved EDC when it was originally shown. Let's just say it wasn't exactly highly regarded amongst teenage boys, at least in my experience.

Glad to see it's acknowledged as a minor classic now!

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Jack Massey

  • Thursday 12th March 2009, 12:53pm
  • England
  • 2,965 posts

Three episodes in. It has a lot of potential. Each episode has improved. There have yet been any laugh out loud moments, but I'm expecting them to come as the series goes on. But a decent third episode anyway.