Hold The Sunset. Image shows from L to R: Phil (John Cleese), Roger (Jason Watkins), Edith (Alison Steadman). Copyright: BBC
Hold The Sunset

Hold The Sunset

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 2018 - 2019
  • 13 episodes (2 series)

Alison Steadman, John Cleese and Jason Watkins star in this sitcom as a widow, her boyfriend, and her adult son who has moved back home. Also features Rosie Cavaliero, Joanna Scanlan, Anne Reid, James Cosmo, Peter Egan and more.

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Series 2, Episode 1 - The Sale

Hold The Sunset. Image shows from L to R: Phil (John Cleese), Edith (Alison Steadman)
With Edith and Phil's sunset retirement waiting on the sale of the house, Phil begins to despair of it ever selling.

Further details

With Edith and Phil's sunset retirement waiting on the sale of the house, Phil begins to despair of it ever selling.

Queenie talks him into holding an Open Day - but she has ulterior motives.

Edith is heartened to find that her son Roger is earning some sort of a living - even if it's only busking with her old flame Bob the Burglar and performing a ventriloquist act with his toy crocodile Methuselah.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 2nd August 2019
Time
9pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 4th August 2019 1:50pm BBC1
Wednesday 19th May 2021 11:40am Gold
Wednesday 19th May 2021 3:40pm Gold
Thursday 19th August 2021 12:00pm Gold
Thursday 19th August 2021 4:00pm Gold
Monday 9th January 2023 7:30am Gold
Friday 10th February 2023 2:50am Gold
Monday 20th February 2023 7:30am Gold
Monday 27th February 2023 3:25am Gold

Cast & crew

Cast
Alison Steadman Edith
John Cleese Phil
Jason Watkins Roger
Rosie Cavaliero Wendy Stevens
Joanna Scanlan Sandra
Anne Reid Queenie Gale
James Cosmo Bob
Peter Egan Jack Dugdale
Guest cast
Christian Brassington Roland Percy
Red Richardson Policeman
David Cann Counsellor
Charlotte Eaton Vanessa
Sarah Flind Vicky
Josephine Melville Rebecca
Richard Sandling Norman
Kate Robbins Mrs Brown
Damian Samuels Mr Brown
Phil Nice Mr Black
Candida Gubbins Mrs Black
Writing team
Charles McKeown Writer
Production team
Sandy Johnson Director
Moira Williams Producer
Humphrey Barclay Producer
Chris Sussman Executive Producer
Adam Bokey Editor
David Hitchcock Production Designer
Kevin Riddle Casting Director
June Nevin Costume Designer
Trevelyan Oliver Director of Photography
Nichola Bellamy Make-up Designer
Theo Vidgen Composer
Nick Gorman 1st Assistant Director
Gregor Sharp Commissioning Editor

Press

With its superstar cast and older target audience, you might expect this sitcom to be smoothly executed. Instead, it is wilfully erratic, veering between wacky oddness and gentle, joke-free patter. Series two opens with grumpy Phil (John Cleese) making a hash of selling his house.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 2nd August 2019

Hold The Sunset makes Mrs Brown look like a masterpiece

Retiree romcom Hold The Sunset (BBC One) returned for a second series but I rather wish it had sailed off into its titular twilight. Instead, almost in the words of The Honeycombs' best-known song, it came right back and I just can't bear it.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 2nd August 2019

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