After three episodes that established the premise of the series and the core relationships of the central characters, I wanted to explore Piffling Vale itself. We see the drastically underfunded but eternally optimistic village council in action. We delve into the matter of community spirit and what it means to be a part of Piffling. And we see Eric Chapman, already perfectly integrated into his new surroundings, continuing to increase his reputation, whilst Rudyard remains vehemently baffled at how things are changing so rapidly around him.
You'll be delighted by the return of Steve Hodson as the erratic Mayor Desmond Desmond. Andy Secombe remains on hand as Reverend Wavering, joyful as ever. And big plaudits go to our guest star Catriona Knox (BBC2's Charlie Brooker's Weekly / Election Wipe, Radio 4's Mission Improbable), delivering a highly spirited performance as the infamous Lady Templar.
Fearing a life of loneliness and despair, Antigone seeks Georgie's advice on how to bring out the flirtier side of her nature. But her uneasy voyage of self discovery is hi-jacked by Rudyard, who requires her to seduce a rich and valuable new client...
There are so many things to like about this episode, not least Beth Eyre's wonderfully funny performance as an Antigone firmly out of her comfort zone. We get to see the domestic side of Funn Funerals, as Rudyard, Antigone and Georgie argue at the breakfast table. Eric Chapman finds himself faced with a client he can't win over with his charm. And there's a powerhouse portrayal of a smooth and utter bastard from Max Olesker (BBC1's W1A, BBC Radio 4's The Casebook of Max and Ivan) as Seymour Prophitte. "I haven't spent two decades getting filthy rich just to spend it all on women, Lamborghini's and an incredibly heavy pocket watch."
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