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Feature 8.7
Video 8.4
Audio 8.4
Special Features 8.3
Total 8.7
Distributor: Roadshow
Classification:
M15+
Running Time: TBA
Reviewer:
Skye Taylor

8.7


The Robinsons

The Robinsons is the delightful British comedy series revolving around a middle class family who are not related to any of the famous Robinsons, whether it's Sugar Ray Robinson or Anne Robinson. The series makes it clear that Robinsons are just that... your average British family from Wimbledon with the main star of the series Ed Robinson who is played by the talented Martin Freeman (The Office) who also happens to be the black sheep of the family.

Ed is 32 years of age and has recently been divorced... after five months of marriage. To compound the situation, Ed becomes involved in one of his work colleagues and when she is promoted over him, his partner gives him the sack and this leaves Ed questioning who is with no help from his family who are all too busy involved in their own lives.

Ed's older brother George is a control freak and even schedules in his diary when he can have sex with his wife, whereas his sister Vicky is a perfectionist as she tries to find the perfect partner. This comedy series is first class from start to finish and even though the series revolves around Ed, each episode gives us a glimpse into the lives of these dysfunctional people. Recommended Viewing and fingers crossed for another season!

Episode Descriptions:

Episode 1 - Ed is fired from his insurance job after having an affair with a co-worker who promptly dismisses him after she is promoted. His older brother George arranges a children's party from hell, and sister Vicky struggles to come to terms with the fact that her 'perfect' boyfriend does not come close to meeting her impossibly strict criteria for men.

Episode 2 - Vicky is getting more and more irritated with her boyfriend who won't stop crying, only to find later that it's his very sensitivity she finds attractive. Ed undergoes a personality crisis when he can't remember simple questions about himself at a job interview and George tries to explain the concept of death to Albert, his 5-year-old son.

Episode 3 - Ed's mom Pam sets him up with her friend's daughter, Connie, whom Ed has known since he was very young. The date is a raging disaster. Afterwards, Ed tries every possible way of avoiding her but she's clueless and very keen to accelerate their relationship. Vicky dates a gynecologist who is attracted by her brutal honesty. George is haunted by memories of being bullied at school and tries to toughen Albert up by pushing him to play rugby with children twice his age.

Episode 4 - Ed begins dating his next door neighbor Zara. He believes she is his ideal partner…until she becomes obsessed with his family. Her bubbly demeanor somehow manages to rekindle passion between Ed's parents, much to his horror. George is upset when his son Albert claims his friend's Dad is his hero. George responds by building a slide in the school playground, convinced this will regain his son's affection. Vicky dates a man in his 60's but realizes she has to stop seeing him when she develops a father complex, going so far as to hallucinate that she's making out with her own dad.

Episode 5 - Ed is haunted by all of his past failures. When he asks his ex-wife the reasons for their divorce, she tells him the main one is that he was terrible in bed - a fact soon backed up by all of his past lovers. Ed realizes that if he wants to date anyone ever again, he must attend sex therapy. Oh horrors! George sees Albert in the school playground and discovers that he has no friends, so devises a 'socialization program' which only makes him realize that he needs the program more than his son does. Vicky decides she wants a baby and enlists the services of gay workmate Leo to provide the sperm.

Episode 6 - Feeling like more of a loser than ever as his 33rd birthday approaches, Ed seeks out career advice in his quest to find a desperately needed new direction in life. Vicky finds another man to donate sperm after Leo's attempts to impregnate her are a wash-out. George is promoted to Executive Director in his company, an achievement which the other Robinsons react to with complete indifference.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary (Episodes 1 & 6)
Behind the Scenes
"The Real Behind the Scenes"
Out-Takes






 
 



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