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Hold the Sunset Christmas special, review

It is as if the writer put down his pen midway through crafting an hour-long special and shoved in a heart-warming Christmas singalong to end things.

Alexandra Pollard, The Independent, 23rd December 2018

Filming starts on Hold The Sunset Series 2

The Royle Family star Sue Johnston has joined the cast of Hold The Sunset, as filming starts on the second series.

British Comedy Guide, 20th September 2018

Alison Steadman stars in short comedy film Ghosted

Alison Steadman has taken the lead role in Ghosted, a short comedy film about a woman who becomes a psychic medium after she loses her husband.

British Comedy Guide, 7th June 2018

Given the cracking cast - which includes Alison Steadman, Jason Watkins and Anne Reid - it is a shame that this comedy isn't funnier. Tonight, Edith (Steadman) is trying to book a holiday, while her son Roger (Watkins) gets a surprising offer from his wife that forces him to ponder the meaning of life.

Hannah Verdier, The Guardian, 4th March 2018

Hold The Sunset has such comedy greats as: John Cleese! Alison Steadman! Jason Watkins! And what were they all thinking?

Watkins in particular was handed such stark no-hopers in script terms that when the page called for him to "get stuck with his arse hanging out of a shed window" he surely rejoiced at the lack of dialogue. Hold The Sunset... even the title sounds like a mocktail served at Dignitas. Yes, it really was that much fun.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 25th February 2018

I turned to BBC One on Sunday night as the channel aired a brand new sitcom in the form of Hold The Sunset; a show that had been primarily promoted as John Cleese's big return to TV. Cleese stars as Phil; a slightly crotchety gent who has been in a relationship with his neighbour Edith (Alison Steadman) for several years after their respective partners passed away. The opening of the episode sees Phil attempt to propose marriage to Edith who eventually accepts this along with his offer to move to sunnier climes. However, their future happiness is halted by the arrival of Edith's son Roger (Jason Watkins) who has left his wife to move back into his childhood home and quickly regresses into a childlike state. Later, Roger's wife Wendy (Rosie Cavaliero) arrives at Edith's to confront her husband, however her kindly exterior frustrates her mother-in-law who quickly snaps at her. So, begins the start of a six-week journey where Roger will no doubt get angry about Phil's relationship with his mother and will probably attempt to sabotage it. For a sitcom that was promoted as Cleese's return to the BBC, he has very little to do here once the plot kicks in and Roger arrives back. Phil is presented as somewhat of a stick-in-the-mud but one that stands back and lets the drama unfold rather than doing anything about it himself. Cleese's chemistry with Steadman isn't strong enough to make me believe that the pair have known each other for decades and want to spend their twilight years together. The stand-out performance in Hold The Sunset comes from Jason Watkins who provided the sitcom's only laugh-out-loud moments, however Roger is such a petulant character that it's hard to sympathise with him. Similarly, Rosie Cavaliero's Wendy should be a sympathetic character, but she's painted as such a passive woman that you feel Edith's frustration towards her. Charles McKeown, who's best known for his work with Terry Gilliam, crafts rather obvious comedy situations which feel very tired by 2018 standards. This is best exemplified by the closing set piece which sees Roger getting stuck in the shed window whilst trying to escape an awkward confrontation with Wendy. Hold The Sunset reminds me of David Jason's The Royal Bodyguard, as both were created as star vehicles for comedy legends and both have fallen flat at the first hurdle. Despite a fine comic turn from the always-reliable Watkins, Hold The Sunset failed to make me laugh or sympathise with the characters, so suffice to say I won't be tuning in again.

Matt, The Custard TV, 24th February 2018

TV preview: Hold The Sunset, Sunday, BBC One, Episode 2

It's a soft, gentle predictable script given half a kiss of life by a 24 carat cast. Of course there are better things on TV. And better things to do on a Sunday evening at 7.30pm. But I'm sure there are some people out there who like it. Though if they aren't the over-fifties who tweeted me saying it was shite I do wonder who they were.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 21st February 2018

Hold the Sunset, BBC One, review - this is an ex-sitcom

John Cleese and Alison Steadman star in the exhumation of long-lost genre.

Jasper Rees, The Arts Desk, 18th February 2018