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The Scattering – Cheers & Tears (3, Telefilm/Comedy)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Main Program: B-



It looks like Cheers & Tears is a series of smart comedy telefilms from England that have not reached U.S. TV enough to have a reputation or get any press, but The Scattering (2000) is the third installment of the series and is amusing.  At the funeral of a mutual loved one, involving a trip to scatter an elder ladies’ ashes and what a disaster it becomes.


Besides the usual dysfunction among the family and friends, the mistress of a married man joins that couple on this trip, old issues arise that have been suppressed with the death and new craziness ensues.  Ian Richardson is the best-known of a cast of semi-familiar faces (Mark Benton, Neil Pearson, Anne Reid, Brian Murphy) and the Paul Minett/Brian Leveson teleplay is funny, witty and has some edge in its sarcasm.  Leveson had written for the hilarious Piglet Files series (reviewed elsewhere on this site) and that humor is alive and well here.  He has continued writing for this series as well.


The 1.78 X 1 image is anamorphically enhanced and is not great, but has some depth.  Detail can be lacking, while color is mixed; not muted, yet not vibrant.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no real surrounds, but is recorded well enough to hear all the jokes.  There are no extras, but this is a good show worth your time.  If you want a good laugh with some weight and substance, The Scattering – Cheers & Tears is worth hunting down.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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