5 At long last - a classic revisitedSouthCoastMackem | 31/01/2011 | See all SouthCoastMackem's reviews (1)Finally released by the BBC after promising it for years, this is an unalloyed classic. From the pen of John Sullivan, this follows the fortunes of the newly-divorced John Lacey (the late Ralph Bates) and his oddball friends at the 1-2-1 Club encounter group.Sharply defined characters abound - the feisty Kate (Belinda Lang), group faciliatator and frustrated divorcee Louise (Rachel Bell), Ralph Dring aka Dazzling Darren the DJ (Peter Denyer, formerly Dennis in 'Please Sir!') and one of the great comic creations, fantasist Kirk St Moritz (Peter Blake).As with most of Sullivan's work, snappy one-liners are as prevalent as carpets of Autumn leaves, but there are also some great visual gags too (John putting on a pair of hot newly ironed trousers to answer the door and then having to squirt his crotch with water, for example). My favourite visual gag is a backdrop shot of Kirk stutting his stuff at a party, flinging the hostess around like a rag doll and, when she disappears from view having been yanked away, hearing a crash of breaking glass.Like "Fawlty Towers". only a few episodes of this were made, buteach is a gem in its own right. Enthusiasts of great comedy should snap this up while they can - they won't regret it! The final episode (the Christmas Special) is both very funny and very moving - the mark of a great writer and a fine cast. Watching this was like meeting up with old friends after a long separation - and I can't wait to meet them again and again.