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Written by: Nick Houser
Date: June 14, 2019

John Cleese and Alison Steadman headline a stellar cast in Hold The Sunset.

John Cleese and Alison Steadman headline a stellar cast in Hold The Sunset.

Plans for a blissful retirement go awry in the warmhearted romantic comedy Hold The Sunset. Alison Steadman heads a stellar cast alongside John Cleese, in his first BBC role since Fawlty Towers.

Edith (Steadman) and Phil (Cleese) are retired and in love. And when she finally agrees to marry him, they’re all set to move to a place in the sun. But then Edith’s son Roger (Jason Watkins) crashes back into their lives.

Fifty going on 12, Roger has had a mid-life breakdown and left his wife, children and job. As Roger and a host of other unwanted visitors cause havoc around their house, Edith and Phil’s lives explode into farce. All they wanted was a quiet retirement filled with sea and sand. It’s just a shame about the son.

Watch Hold The Sunset Sundays at 10:30pm on WOSU TV.


Episode 1 – Bubbly | Sunday, June 16 at 10:30pm
Edith’s dreams of retirement to the sun with her long-term suitor Phil are shattered when her 50-year-old son Roger arrives home, seeking to recapture the happiness of his boyhood.

Episode 2 – Birthday | Sunday, June 23 at 10:30pm
Edith is about to celebrate her 70th birthday, and Phil and Roger are determined to outshine each other with their gifts. However, Edith is far from impressed with her son’s present – tracking down the family’s former cleaner. Meanwhile, Roger tries to disrupt his mother’s new romance by bringing up Phil’s past.

Episode 3 – The Marriage Counsellor | Sunday, June 30 at 10:30pm
Mrs Gale gives herself the task of being an unofficial marriage guidance counsellor to Roger and Wendy, whom she advises to practice being nice. Edith and Phil seize the chance to get away for the weekend, but they soon receive an alarming phone call from their cleaner, who has hijacked their house as a venue for a party.

Episode 4 – The Burglary | Sunday, July 7 at 10:30pm
As tensions grow between Roger and Wendy, a midnight break-in brings Edith face to face with a ghost from her past. How can she explain the raffish Bob to Phil?

Episode 5 – Roger The Carer | unday, July 21 at 10pm
Bob gives Roger the idea of applying to be a paid carer for Edith. The trouble is, Edith is perfectly well, so who can Roger persuade to stand in for her?

Episode 6 – Old Flames | Sunday, July 21 at 10:30pm
Phil is worried that Edith’s old flame Bob may be gaining ground, and that his own one-time floozy Desiree may put in an unwelcome appearance.