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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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Pip Bond

  • Monday 25th February 2013, 7:51pm
  • England
  • 80 posts

I remember my mum telling me that I had to watch this show, because, to quote her, 'The man in it is just like your dad.'

I really did like this show. Martin, perpetually envious of Paul, sees police cars outside his hourse one night and says emphatically, 'Well. They've GOT him.' It was great.

Howard and Hilda...

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peter gazzard

  • Tuesday 26th February 2013, 5:31pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 839 posts

Interestingly, Briers claimed Martin was his favourite character to play, and he would have moved if Tom Good had been his neighbour.

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gb901

  • Wednesday 27th February 2013, 5:56pm [Edited]
  • norwich, United Kingdom
  • 379 posts

On repeat viewing nearly 3 decades on, the main character, Martin, comes across as an insufferable busy body and jobsworth. He's totally unlikeable and why on Earth his attractive and vivacious younger wife stayed with him is anyone's guess? It was almost as though she felt indebted to him and obliged to stay?

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Rose2010

  • Wednesday 27th February 2013, 9:24pm
  • Canada
  • 195 posts

I didn't think Martin insufferable. He was more of a do-gooder, albeit one who is firmly convinced he knows best.

I haven't seen all Richard Briers series but of those I've seen, it's my favourite.

I've been watching old episodes of New Tricks and was tickled to see him take on the role of a terrible wife-poisoning villain.

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Oldrocker

  • Wednesday 27th February 2013, 9:37pm
  • Near my beloved Black Country in Wolverhampton, England
  • 13,416 posts
Quote: gb901 @ February 27 2013, 5:56 PM GMT

On repeat viewing nearly 3 decades on, the main character, Martin, comes across as an insufferable busy body and jobsworth. He's totally unlikeable and why on Earth his attractive and vivacious younger wife stayed with him is anyone's guess? It was almost as though she felt indebted to him and obliged to stay?


Did she remain faithful though ? On the face of it, yes. But . . . .

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shaggy292

  • Wednesday 27th February 2013, 9:43pm
  • London, England
  • 1,736 posts

She knows that besides all his nonsense he is a decent man.

Apparently Martin did help her out of some difficulty many years ago, so she will always feel indebted to him.

Martin would seem much more insufferable if his wife was timid and afraid to speak out against him. Ann repeatedly points out that Martin is being silly, or unreasonable, and this conflict is where the comedy comes from.

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gb901

  • Tuesday 5th March 2013, 10:57pm
  • norwich, United Kingdom
  • 379 posts
Quote: Rose2010 @ February 27 2013, 9:24 PM GMT

I didn't think Martin insufferable. He was more of a do-gooder, albeit one who is firmly convinced he knows best.

I haven't seen all Richard Briers series but of those I've seen, it's my favourite.

I've been watching old episodes of New Tricks and was tickled to see him take on the role of a terrible wife-poisoning villain.


In NT didn't his character go around killing dogs for their livers or something? Pirate

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David Smith

  • Wednesday 17th April 2013, 9:38pm [Edited]
  • Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 2,527 posts

Richard Bries was great in this. Also I thought 4 series was just about right for this. Written by the great Esmonde and Larbey who wrote As Times Goes By. I thought this was made before The Good Life but it wasn't. I am tempted to buy the box set but other things are going through my mind.

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john lucas 101

  • Tuesday 14th January 2014, 3:30pm
  • England
  • 7,098 posts

Probably about time to bump this up, given that it's being given a run out on BBC4. Thursday 16th, 8pm, double bill.

One the greats. Under-rated, though. Oh yes.

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Mike Selway

  • Tuesday 22nd April 2014, 4:59pm
  • United States
  • 95 posts

Recently finished all 4 series and hated for it to come to an end. Easily among the top most enjoyable shows ever. Deserves more acclaim than it gets, IMO

Have it archived and, after some time, will definitely watch again.

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Basil Rathbon

  • Wednesday 30th April 2014, 12:28pm
  • South Yorkshire, England
  • 79 posts
Quote: john lucas 101 @ 14th January 2014, 3:30 PM GMT

Probably about time to bump this up, given that it's being given a run out on BBC4. Thursday 16th, 8pm, double bill.

One the greats. Under-rated, though. Oh yes.


Really enjoyed the recent repeats. One of the few 1980s sitcoms to be as good, if not better than you remember it.

But why oh why have the BBC only repeated the first two series and then stopped?

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fustidious

  • Thursday 3rd July 2014, 10:09pm [Edited]
  • New Zealand
  • 141 posts

Have loved watching this series though I would hate Paul as a neighbour - slimy man constantly trying to get in your wife's knickers.

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billzeebub

  • Thursday 17th August 2017, 7:19pm [Edited]
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 posts

Have been watching this a lot recently. Something it has in common with One Foot in the Grave it has an early cameo appearance by Ray Winstone! Really love the show, great characters and funny situations, some really nice moments. In my top three sitcoms

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Thursday 17th August 2017, 10:57pm
  • England
  • 16,214 posts

Always thought Howard and Hilda should have had their own spin off series.

Bit of trivia..............Hilda (Geraldine Newman) turned up in one of the remaining Dr Finlay series I was watching on DVD.