A comedy based around the activities and problems that 2 very different couples experience whilst running the local cricket team.
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Brenda Blethyn ...  Miriam Dervish 22 episodes, 1994-1996
Robert Daws ...  Roger Dervish 22 episodes, 1994-1996
Timothy Spall ...  Kevin Costello 22 episodes, 1994-1996
Josie Lawrence ...  Maggie Costello 22 episodes, 1994-1996
Denis Lill Denis Lill ...  Dennis Broadley 21 episodes, 1994-1996
Michael Jayston ...  Bob Willis 15 episodes, 1995-1996
Nigel Pegram ...  Nigel 15 episodes, 1994-1996
Chris Lang ...  Alex Harrington 14 episodes, 1995-1996
Hilary Crane Hilary Crane ...  Shirley Broadley 9 episodes, 1995-1996
Tracy Brabin Tracy Brabin ...  Ginnie Willis 9 episodes, 1994-1996
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A comedy based around the activities and problems that 2 very different couples experience whilst running the local cricket team.

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Bit of a Sticky Wicket, eh What?

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24 March 1994 (UK) See more »

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Excellent short series
15 January 2006 | by CamargueSee all my reviews

The characters and characterizations are superb. However, it is a short-running series and those are difficult to find a spot for on American television. There are simply not enough episodes for a normal alloted space; it can only be used as a filler, so is rarely seen.

Probably because the plot (cricket) is so specific, there are only a certain number of situations that can be addressed. Either the cricket match goes on, or it does not, and the team either wins, or loses. The trials and tribulations of Mim and Roger Dervish, and Roger's fellow cricket team players, play out within the confines of those few scenarios.

Roger is painfully insecure, and he covers up by bullying. He also has a problem with keeping a balanced perspective. His latest passion is his election as captain of his volunteer cricket team, and he takes his position very seriously. Sadly, he believes that he can compensate for everything that is lacking in other areas of his life if he can just create an excellent winning cricket team. To that end, he goes overboard in his expectations of his teammates and his demands of his wife.

Mim tries to be a supportive spouse, but she is painfully aware that Roger is lacking in sensitivity. For example, he expects her to not only be at his beck and call, but to also cheerfully anticipate his every need. While she certainly tries, she finds it difficult (for example) to provide a huge "feed" for his team, with no support or attention from Roger. In fact, she doubts his actual feelings for her, and she does not have the self-confidence to rise above her own limitations. She is a good, patient, and sometimes pathetic soul, but she also exhibits a bit of spunk, particularly when she is at her wit's end, and has allowed herself to be "walked on" yet again, by her insecure husband. Mim is sort of a cross between Debra Romano and Edith Bunker. She clearly loves Roger more than he deserves, but less than he needs.

The opening credits revealed the sameness of their "cookie cutter" neighborhood (and implied "cookie cutter" lives) and was an excellent visual to counter the complications of their lives. I wish they would have finally moved the focus away from cricket (change the name from "Outside Edge" to something more familiar such as "Whirling Dervish") and move the focus on exploring the relationships among the principals. Mim and Roger (and their friends) certainly had the "bones" for an excellent British sit/com.


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