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Two's Company - Complete Series 2

A movie directed by John Reardon

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more fun with Elaine and Donald!

  • Jun 30, 2010
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Commissioned by London Weekend Television (LWT) in 1975, TWO'S COMPANY starred the divine Elaine Stritch as Dorothy McNab, an American mystery novelist living and working in London, who takes on the stuffy, oh-so-teddibly British Robert (Donald Sinden) as her butler. Sparks fly when Dorothy, who is under the false belief that everyone is meant to have equal footing in this life, is "instructed" by Robert in the correct way (ie: HIS way) of running a household. Madly bashing away at the typewriter, Dorothy needs an organised and relaxed home life...but she never counted on tightly-wound Robert. Just WHO is the help and who is the boss?!

Wickedly scripted by Bill MacIllwraith, TWO'S COMPANY offered viewers of British comedy something a little more sophisticated and biting than the usual fare, with the humour extending from the dry wordplay between Dorothy and Robert. The show came during one of Elaine Stritch's most prolific periods of her professional career. She had chiefly relocated to London for the successful West End transfer of "Company", but decided to stay in the country on a full-time basis when she married English actor John Bay. Setting up housekeeping at the Savoy Hotel no less, Stritch was the darling of the London talk show circuit, starred as Aunt Polly in a miniseries of "Pollyanna" for the BBC, and of course remained as the acerbic Dorothy for three more series of TWO'S COMPANY.

Series 2 of TWO'S COMPANY includes the following episodes:

"Robert's Record Player" - It's an impossible stand-off when Robert insists on playing his classical music at the volume he believes it deserves...

"The Reluctant Traveler" - Dorothy needs all her powers of diplomacy (or cunning) when she has to convince Robert to board a plane...

"The Honeymoon" - Young couple Jack and Jenny (Ed Bishop and Liza Ross) appeal for romantic help...

"The Burglary" - One of the funniest episodes. Discovering that the house has been robbed, Robert becomes convinced he'll be the main suspect...

"The Rubbish" - Dorothy locks horns with the dreaded dustmen when her weekly trash allowance is exeeded...

"The Guests" - Dorothy takes in a group of Indian prayer seekers...

"The Cleaning Ladies" - Dorothy interviews two prospective cleaning ladies (Patsy Rowlands and Andonia Katsaros), but Robert is more picky about who he trusts to maintain his antique furniture...

"A Loving Christmas" - Dorothy and Robert both plan to spend the Christmas break with a romantic partner, but the last laugh might just be on them...

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Director: John Reardon
Screen Writer: Bill MacIlwraith
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
Runtime: 195 minutes
Studio: Acorn Media
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