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Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Two of Britain’s best-known comedy actors return in the second series of this odd couple sitcom which runs on BBC Entertainment (channel 120 on DStv) on Saturdays at 14h25.

Housemates Tom and Roy – played by Roger Lloyd-Pack and Clive Swift - may be past their prime, but they are not past fancying women, competing with one another, showing off, squabbling and getting into trouble. They may joke about bus passes and incontinence, but in spirit they are forever young and determined not to join the pipe and slippers brigade just yet.

Series Two finds them still lusting after their sexy neighbour Sally (played by Jane Asher), but now they have a potential rival. Rajan, owner of the local delicatessen, even beats them in the pub quiz, prompting Tom and Roy to join forces against him, but do any of them really stand a chance with their cool, unattainable goddess?

While Tom and Roy put up with each other to avoid a lonely old age, Sally can’t wait to get her son Steve off her hands and is happily encouraging his relationship with Amber, Tom’s feisty daughter (Katherine Parkinson). A wedding may even be in the offing, which gives Tom high hopes of getting closer to Sally.

While retaining the edgy humour of the first series, Series Two has even broader appeal by tackling some of the big universal themes. Love, lust, jealousy, loneliness, parenthood, marriage and death are all dealt with in the writers’ distinctive comedic style. The Old Guys looks set to be that rarest of sitcoms – both critically and commercially successful, cult and populist, singular and yet universal.