for two seasons on the BBC in 1994 and 1995. It starred
Davison as Clive
Quigley. Clive is the proprietor of an office supplies firm, who lives
a calm, orderly life, secure in the knowledge of the strength of his marriage
That all changes when
he's contacted by Sonia
Drysdale. Sonia has a private detective following her husband, Dave,
and she knows he's having an affair with Clive's wife.
All isn't a bed of roses
for Melissa and Dave, however. Melissa is too guilty about having an affair
to actually consumate the relationship. She spends their trysts in the
bathroom being sick. Dave spends them waiting for her to make up her mind.
Clive and Sonia set out to make sure there are
thorns in the elicit lovers' bed of roses.
Added to the mix is Clive's secretary, Ramona
Wales. She'd like to do more than Clive's books, and is extremely suspicious
The result is six enjoyable episodes of anti-romantic
intrigue. The series begins on a rather flat note. Episode one presents
Clive as a bit too much of a wimp. He faints whenever he's upset and seems
completely at the mercy of his mother and his neurotic wife. However, things
pick up quickly. After the first episode, Clive faints no more, and by
the third episode, he's taking a proactive stance and holding his own against
the women around him.
Season One ends on a high note, as Clive and
Sonia's relationship begins to warm up, and Dave and Melissa seem to have
hit a stalemate in their adultery.
Season Two opens with a surprise for anyone
who followed Season One. Melissa has changed more than her attitude. She's
played by a new actress. Along with her new blonde hair comes a new aggressiveness
and Dave Drysdale is the object of her desire. Dave and Melissa's relationship
inverts as she becomes the pursuer and Dave the prey. Meanwhile, Sonia's
private eye, Chuck Purvis, gets an expanded role, as he shadows the lovers
from picnic to hotel, to cottage.
In Season Two, we meet Ramona Wales' husband,
Lester, who is terribly jealous of Clive, perhaps because Ramona keeps
telling him how attractive she finds her boss. Ramona's passes at Clive
become more overt, and he's faced with dodging Ramona while he decides
what he's going to do about Sonia.
The last three episodes of Season Two blend
into a single story, as Dave and Melissa take off for Sonia's cottage,
with Clive and Sonia not far behind. They manage to throw a spanner in
the adulterous lovers' plans, but get themselves in a good deal of hot
water along the way.
Season Two has its strengths and weaknesses.
In the plus column is the disappearance of the laugh track, which marred
many of the better comic moments in Season One. The new Melissa is a great
improvement. Karen Drury plays a woman you can believe might be having
an affair, unlike her predeceasor, Leslie Manville. In the minus column,
is the writing, which often seems to lead up to a big comic moment then
miss it entirely.
I'd like to thank Chris Sweitzer (http://www.gate.net/~talavera/)
for the images in these pages.
Ain't Misbehavin' and all characters within
are property of the BBC, and used here only for purposes of review.
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