Fresh Fields: Set 2

Fresh Fields

On DVD: 
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Interesting Tidbits

Anton Rodgers played Detective Andre in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."

 “Fresh Fields” is a British TV comedy show that aired from 1984 – 1986. Set 2 includes season 3 and 4 of the series. The show is about William (Anton Rodgers) and Hester Fields (Julia McKenzie), a middle aged married couple dealing with “Empty Nest Syndrome” or life after their children have grown up and left home. The set had a total of 14 episodes and ran a whooping 342 minutes.

I am a married man, but have yet to go through what the Fields have gone through in this show. For those reasons, I found it very difficult to relate to the show or make it appeal to me in any way. The comedy is very outdated and tame compared to today’s standards. However, I did have a favorite scene in Season 4 Episode 2. Hester was trying to convince a councilman that their town needed more senior citizen homes. So she had her own mother, father, and aunt act like senile seniors to get her point across. I was laughing quite a bit at this scene, but the other episodes were a bore.

On the bright side, I would say that Anton (William) and Julia (Hester) were good actors and perfect for their roles in the show. However, I was annoyed with Sonia (Ann Beach) altogether. She would come into the house and announce “It’s only Sonia” in every episode of the show and find some way to shake things up. She was like Steve Urkel in the show “Family Matter,” but she instead she was an older Caucasian woman. Also, the picture quality looked foggy and the set lacked any extras.

With the exception of the seniors’ scene, this series was slow, uneventful, and unappealing. Sonia alone drastically dropped its rating. After watching this show, I am going to do everything in my power to make sure my marriage does not turn out as boring or tame as this show. For those reasons, I am giving this DVD set a “D+.” 

Paul Arca
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