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Love doesn't get easier when you're older but no wiser.

Maggie and John had a passionate but disastrous affair in their younger days, but it didn't last. Now in their late 60s, a surprise encounter gives them another chance to take up where they left off. 

Will they manage to find the best in each other and finally get together? Or will old wounds and an awareness of their ageing bodies deter them? Will the treadmill created by the high-cost, high-pressure 21st century, and their endless other commitments and interruptions large and small, overwhelm them? Or will they take the final risk?

This delightful comic drama stars Bill Nighy as John and Anna Calder-Marshall as Maggie.

A.L. Kennedy is an award-winning writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction, an academic and a stand-up comedian. 

Directed by Sally Avens.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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  • Colin
  • 05-17-19

An Unexpected Gem...

Being a big fan of the Charles Parris series I bought this title purely on the strength of Bill Nighy's unflappable charm and poised delivery. I was not disappointed.

As a man in my 60s I could totally relate to the premise of the story (meeting an old love and finding the flame still burns) and how both characters cautiously approach the idea of 'being a couple' at this late stage of their lives.

The banter between Nighy and Calder-Marshall is wonderful and the crisp dialogue just canters along. The challenges they face as their relationship rekindles (first kiss, where and when to meet, weekends away) are beautifully handled, with the episode at the village mums and babies group being especially enjoyable and moving at the same time.

Highly recommended

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  • rob roughley
  • 09-26-18

Great two hander

Wonderful acting by Bill Nighy and Anna Calder-Marshall, the two have just the right amount of spark between them, plenty of good one liners and you genuinely feel the two of them care for one another having met again after a long period of time. You get the feeling that they are both afraid of growing old alone and yet scared of trying to relive their younger selves. As always Nighy draws you in simply with his voice and skills and Calder-Marshall matches him with a frail vulnerability as they both rail against growing old.

Top stuff.

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  • John Nigel Needs
  • 01-14-22

Wonderful Acting!

Unfortunately the storyline does not quite work for me, but the performances by actors Bill Nighy and Anna Calder-Marshall are absolutely superb. I so wanted the narrative to work, but the slight failure and disappointment in the storyline was more than compensated for by the delivery of both actors, especially Bill Nighy, who is such a wonderful radio performer.

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  • Dawn Robertson
  • 06-01-21

Classic Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy never disappoints and Anna Calder Marshall was equally enchanting as his sparring partner. A gentle, understated comedy drama for the 21st century and those born before the 1960s. I just wish there could have been even more episodes ... always good to leave us wanting more!

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  • Celt
  • 04-01-21

Very touching

I had never heard of this series but thoroughly enjoyed it and was sorry it was not longer

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-20

Fantastic

I love anything with Bill Nighy.
It was happy, sad and funny.
Loved it, great.

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  • C. Griffiths
  • 12-16-19

Wanted to bash their heads together!!!

Highly enjoyable...

Lovable characters who needed their heads bashing together!!

Relationship fun and games to just proves that being single is often the best option!! Seriously though, we all know couples like this...

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  • Kim De Morgan
  • 06-13-19

BILL NIGHY all day long. The man is a MASTER.

Lovely drama about two older people finding each other again and reminiscing about past and worrying about the future.
Anna and Bill are just perfect together.

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  • Frances Ravden-Green
  • 03-25-19

Rubbish

Very disappointed. And I really like Bill Nighy, but not in this.
I feel rather saddened by it.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 01-30-20

Ahhhhhh

This is very clever a little depressing .....terrific actors. Anna Calder Marshall a marvellous voice and funny too. And of course the delightful, clever Bill Nighty he is so wonderful. I do love this book. But it’s really sad. Makes me tearful.