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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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Chris Hallam

  • Wednesday 23rd August 2017, 7:09am
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • 254 posts

I remember enjoying it. The best role of Peter Egan's career perhaps?
Apparently Richard Briers thought Tom in The Good Life was also a selfish insufferable character. Interesting.

Ever Decreasing Circles.
Any thoughts on the title? Why was it called that?

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Firkin

  • Wednesday 23rd August 2017, 7:51am [Edited]
  • United Kingdom
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Quote: Chris Hallam @ 23rd August 2017, 7:09 AM

Ever Decreasing Circles.
Any thoughts on the title? Why was it called that?

The small ripples of a mundane life. The opening sequence showed a drop of water hit a placid lake (in reverse). Briers got worked up about small things that normally went wrong.

I was a Briers fan, what an actor. Loved The Good Life, this was good but not as good for me. Still it did introduce me to Penelope Wilton, I was smitten.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Wednesday 23rd August 2017, 9:30am
  • England
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Well there's an expression I have used for years for when you find yourself getting nowhere no matter how hard you try in life and that was "going around in ever decreasing circles", which fitted Martin perfectly - no mystery!

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Facet

  • Wednesday 23rd August 2017, 2:59pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 posts

Big fan of EDC. I like all of the main characters.
Funny but can tends to be a bit more dramatic than some sitcom, it's not in your face jokes all the time.
Well written, well acted. One of my faves

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Saturday 9th September 2017, 9:57am
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Quote: Paul Wimsett @ 9th September 2017, 9:48 AM

Interesting things on the blog. They could have be a planned affair but it was rewritten. Only Peter Egan and Penelope Wilton left to ask... http://foreverdecreasingcircles.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/am-i-imagining-that.html

Haven't read all of it, but he did make a very good point re Niles and Daphne - once that scenario was wrapped up by them getting together that interesting story fizzled out and signalled the end of the series.

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Paul Wimsett

  • Saturday 9th September 2017, 2:35pm
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
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On a different topic, Howard Hughes certainly fell on hard times in later life, didn't he?

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Saturday 9th September 2017, 3:14pm
  • England
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Shame they never made a Howard and Hilda spin-off as I think it would have made for a very good series.

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Paul Wimsett

  • Thursday 4th January 2018, 9:06pm
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
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Managed to get the complete set for a fiver. Shame you don't get to see the Guest House Glockenspeil. You also lose sympathy with Paul as after a few hours of taking Ann to the concert a half naked girl is found in his garden. Fast git.

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Billy Bunter

  • Thursday 4th January 2018, 10:44pm
  • The Sussex Coast, England
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Quote: Paul Wimsett @ 4th January 2018, 9:06 PM

Shame you don't get to see the Guest House Glockenspeil. .

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Paul Wimsett

  • Friday 12th January 2018, 7:26pm [Edited]
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
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What was the dream sequence all about? Why is Howard Martin's father? Why wouldn't he see his own father? You don't usually put on a silly voice in your own dream, either.

I know, rules of sitcom...

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Paul Wimsett

  • Monday 5th February 2018, 5:09pm [Edited]
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
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Why can't I edit my previous post? Anyway:

Quote: Chris Hallam @ 23rd August 2017, 7:09 AM

Ever Decreasing Circles.
Any thoughts on the title? Why was it called that?

There's a reference in The Navy Lark to going round in circles and ending up their own arse. Maybe this is a clue?

I also spotted a Bill Tidyman.

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Text Lexus

  • Saturday 29th June 2019, 2:03am
  • West Anglia, United Kingdom
  • 122 posts

I bloody love EDC.

A brief and uninteresting post admittedly, but heartfelt - and I'm trying to get into double figures with the old post count.

Woo!

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Saturday 29th June 2019, 7:17am
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Quote: Text Lexus @ 29th June 2019, 2:03 AM

......................and I'm trying to get into double figures with the old post count.

Woo!

Well done. Rolling eyes

LOVE EDC! Will have to dig out my box set to watch again - always said that Howard and Hilda should have had their own sitcom!!

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Bonzo

  • Saturday 29th June 2019, 3:05pm
  • London, England
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Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 29th June 2019, 7:17 AM

Well done. Rolling eyes

LOVE EDC! Will have to dig out my box set to watch again - always said that Howard and Hilda should have had their own sitcom!!

Oh I LOVE Howard and Hilda - especially in the episode when they play snooker :)