As WWII ends, British soldiers are demobilized ("demobbed") and returned to civilian life. Captain Ian Deasey (Griff Rhys Jones, Alas Smith & Jones) and Corporal Dick Dobson (Martin Clunes, Doc Martin) spent much of the war entertaining the troops with their bawdy stage routines. Back in dreary London, they can't resist the lure of the footlights, risking a marriage and tangling with a con man. Sharp writing and a stellar cast made this British drama series "pure pleasure" (Observer, UK). 6 episodes, 5 hrs, 2 DVDs, SDH. For mature audiences.
With the war over, the two friends go their separate ways--Deasey to his family, and Dobson to some shady new acquaintances. For both men, though, the lure of the footlights proves impossible to resist.
Deasey is burning the candle at both ends. His problem is "solved" when he loses his day job. Now the double act has to decide whether or not to take the ultimate step--risk all and go professional.
"Deasey & Dobson" get a three-week booking in Liverpool for an audience so hostile they don't just send complaints, they make threats. Meanwhile, Janet Deasey finds a little spice in her own life.
Tensions mount with Deasey out of work and no prospect of a breakthrough on the stage. Deasey turns to a glamorous young dancer--and "Deasey & Dobson" becomes "Ian & Hedda," with disastrous results.
The two friends at last get their big chance: an audition with the BBC. But for Deasey, success comes at a price as his wife takes up with a local doctor and he succumbs to the charms of Hedda Kennedy.
It looks like the final curtain call for the duo's stage act. Dobson makes a drastic life change, and Deasey takes the only real option left open to him.
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 300 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Other:Due to the age of these programs and the improved resolution that DVD provides, you may notice occasional flaws in the image and audio on this DVD presentation that were beyond the studio's ability to correct from the original materials.
"Pure pleasure"--The Observer (UK)