Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie (House) is Paul Slippery, a British doctor in the midst of a midlife crisis. His wife, Estelle (Anna Chancellor), has embarked on a new career and perhaps an extramarital love affair or two. His three oversexed sons mock him without mercy, and at work he's tormented by a flaky colleague. Filmed for Britain's ITV, this series is high comedy of the kookiest kind. Six episodes; approx. 294 min. on 2 DVDs.
"FORTYSOMETHING Before he starred as a dyspeptic genius physician on "House," Hugh Laurie starred as a dyspeptic physician in the thrall of a midlife crisis in the British comedy "Fortysomething." Here he plays Paul Slippery, a man dealing with his wife's professional turnaround and her possible wandering eye. At work he is mired in bureaucracy and at home he is given little reprieve, tortured as he is by his three sex-obsessed sons. The series, which was shown in 2003, is six episodes long; Mr. Laurie directed the first three. What "House" fan is likely to return it? "
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On the day that his life begins to fall apart, Paul Slippery frantically tries to find his friend and patient, Nobby, before the man can indulge in a potentially disastrous dose of Viagra. Meanwhile, Paul's wife, Estelle, loses her job but finds a new one in a surprising place.
Paul's plans for an erotically charged dinner with Estelle take a detour when he gets entangled in his son Daniel's two-timing love life, and the father of Daniel's girlfriends seeks treatment for a rather embarrassing malady. Across town at a business lunch, Paul's colleague, Pilfrey, takes a more-than-professional interest in Estelle.
Still smitten with Estelle, Pilfrey exhibits increasingly bizarre behavior at the most inopportune time imaginable--just as the practice prepares for a National Health Service inspection. The situation doesn't get any better when Pilfrey mistakes Paul's son for the government inspector.
In a desperate attempt to revive his sagging sex life, Paul surreptitiously tries to ply Estelle with an herbal aphrodisiac. Estelle, however, has other things on her mind--namely, a speech about mothers in the workforce that her boss has bullied her into delivering.
Paul becomes convinced that Estelle is having an affair, and his colleagues become convinced that he has hit the sauce too hard. Later, by drowning his sorrows over the supposed affair and having a most awkward encounter with Surinder, Paul unwittingly gives them plenty of reason to worry.
When sons Rory and Daniel decamp to their own flat, everyone in the Slippery household begins to reassess their lives. Paul, for his part, agrees to hypnotherapy at the hands of Pilfrey, whose guidance proves anything but benign. And Estelle entertains an odd proposition from her boss.
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 293 minutes
Number of discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
"Hilarious"--The New York Times
"Deliciously raunchy"--Entertainment Weekly
"An absolute must for Hugh Laurie fans."--Exclusive Magazine
"A very good series. If you are a fan of Hugh Laurie, pick this one up!"--British American TV DVDs
"A lot of fun"--The Washington Times
"Smart comedy that reminds us why we really like Laurie"--The Boston Globe
"Very simply, Fortysomething is brilliant."--BLAST Magazine
"A clever, entertaining miniseries that appeals"--DVD File