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For The Love Of Ada – The Complete First Series (1970/Network U.K./Region Two/2/PAL DVD)


Picture: C-     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: C+



PLEASE NOTE: This DVD can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Two/2/PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Network U.K. at the website address provided at the end of the review or at finer retailers.



For two years and four half-seasons, the half-hour series For The Love Of Ada (1970) was enough of a hit to spawn a feature film and keep enough people laughing to make this an interesting entry into the Golden Era of the British Situation Comedy.  A Britcom not as well known in the U.S., the show stars Irene Handl as the title character, a widow who meets and marries grave keeper (Wilfred Pickles of Billy Liar) eventually after meeting him at her late husband’s tombstone.


The show is smart, funny, more believable than expected and Barbara Mitchell as Ada’s daughter Ruth (married herself) is uncomfortable with the new events in her mother’s life.  Though it never reaches into new territory, the show is good and very watchable from a time when sitcoms were still being made of intelligent people.  If you have never seen it, it is worth a look.


The 1.33 X 1 PAL image is unfortunately one of the softer set of PAL analog taped U.K. Britcoms we have seen with haloing, aliasing, color fringing and other issues, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono has the expected distortion you would expect for its age, but it is clear enough here; especially to hear the theme song by the great Ron Grainer.  There are no extras.



As noted above, you can order this PAL DVD import exclusively from Network U.K. at:









-   Nicholas Sheffo


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