Acorn Media // 1989 // 432 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // May 12th, 2013
Before there was Leslie Knope there was Jean Price.
Acorn goes vigorously spelunking to extricate this BBC original from the vault, a dated political comedy that blends nanny-state do-goodery with a bored studio audience.
Penelope Keith (Good Neighbors) is Jean Price, a brand new Member of Parliament who's eager to get cracking on her progressive agenda. Surprisingly (or not) she discovers that it's tougher to navigate the serpentine structure of government, and finds little help from both Tories and some members of her own Labour party.
I'll give No Job for a Lady this much: it's not shy about playing politics. Jean Price is a proud left-winger and endeavors to spread the joys of Labour progressivism to her constituents and co-Members. In fact, she is not coy about trumpeting her Communist heritage.
So the show embraces its political leanings, taking frequent dumps on the Tory party and ensures our heroine is placed into positions where she can take a stand and make her voice heard to courageously take on the Neanderthals that stand in her way. She fights for state-provided day care, works to foil the transport of nuclear waste through her constituents' neighborhood (!), all the while sticking it to The Man.
Super. But it would be nice if anything was even remotely funny. At least we have Ron Swanson and Jean-Ralphio to deliver laughs when Leslie Knope gets on her soapbox. Here, there are just soft jokes woven in between Jean's incessant bellyaching and sermonizing.
I don't care if you're a long-time subscriber to The Nation; this show is simply a slog. And since it aired in 1989, it's not even culturally relevant.
Eighteen episodes on three discs, 1.33:1 full frame, Dolby 2.0 Stereo, English SDH, and nothing else.
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Studio: Acorn Media
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 432 Minutes
Release Year: 1989
MPAA Rating: Not Rated