Christmas is coming up, and the days of the advent calendar are being opened one by one for the family, as we see their every day trials and tribulations, but nothing is plain sailing for this household, whether it’s something simple such as doing maths a different way in school now, compared to how we used to when we were kids, or something more taxing like juggling the family finances.
Daughter Mia wants a new dress for the Christmas prom, young Patrick wants to know if his father is coming home for the festive season, and heads of the household, Trevor (Steve Pemberton) and Julia (Debbie Rush), are ordering too many carrots for Xmas, which I do sometimes on a general basis, never mind at that time of year.
Given how this plays out, with the opening of the advent calendar dates, and with a revelation that comes in due course, Love’s Great Adventure keeps its cards very close to its chest for the most part.
So there’s a ton of differnt scenes, similar to The 12 Days Of Christine, but in that one, it worked up to the most incredible and powerful climax, whereas here, it just limps out. Once you realise that, it’s already shot its bolt, but it didn’t feel that way when it happened, as you’ll realise when you watch it… unless your opinion differs, of course.
Overall, while there’s good acting, and since I felt like I was waiting for something that didn’t really come, I’ll be interested to see what the reaction is online at the time of broadcast.
Love’s Great Adventure is broadcast on BBC2 on Monday February 17th, and then will be on the BBC iPlayer.
Inside No.9 Series 5 is available to pre-order on DVD, but there’s no Blu-ray listed yet. However, with Series 4, I think the Blu-ray came a short time after the DVD release, rather than simultaneously, so hopefully that’ll come soon, as it’s popular series, as it’s longevity testifies.
Also available to buy:
- Series 4 on Blu-ray
- Series 4 on DVD
- Series 3 on Blu-ray
- Series 3 on DVD
- Series 1 on Blu-ray
- Series 2 on Blu-ray
- Series 1 and 2 on DVD together
Director: Guillem Morales
Producer: Adam Tandy
Writers: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton
Trevor: Steve Pemberton
Julia: Debbie Rush
Connor: Olly Hudson-Croker
Mia: Gaby French
Alex: Reece Shearsmith
Patrick: Bobby Schofield
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