Saxondale - Final episode!
Alas the final episode, and Liza Tarbuck appears as a vampish ageing hippy chick trying it on with Tommy
It’s the last in the series for Steve Coogan’s ex-roadie-turned- pest-controller, but hopefully there’ll be a return run. Over the weeks we’ve come to care deeply for Coogan’s beautifully drawn Tommy, a character who subtly and depressingly illustrates the utter pathos of ageing ungracefully that many of us who grew up in the counter-culture generation face: namely becoming an anachronistic, irrelevant dinosaur in an increasingly confusing world – it’s like watching Victor Meldrew in the making. Tonight, Tommy’s behaviour while out at dinner with Magz and friends is so appalling (and funny) that Magz decides to head for the hills, leaving a quietly distraught Tommy to contemplate life alone.
And as if that weren’t bad enough, a call-out to the house of a recently deceased 50-year-old man whose life seemed uncomfortably similar to Tommy’s raises the thorny question of mortality. Heavy stuff, dude. And that’s before Liza Tarbuck puts in an enjoyable appearance as a vampish ageing hippy chick keen to get in the nest with Tommy. Will he succumb to this exciting ego-boost or will common sense prevail? Tune in to find out, and along the way enjoy the sweetly delightful relationship between Tommy and Raymond, and a closing scene that would make the most hardened cynic feel decidedly warm and fuzzy.
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