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Just Good Friends 

The series followed the wavering relationship between two ex-lovers, Penny Warrender, a secretary for an advertising firm, and Vincent Pinner, an ex ice cream salesman turned turf ... See full summary »
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1986   1984   1983  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Paul Nicholas ...  Vince Pinner 22 episodes, 1983-1986
Jan Francis ...  Penny Warrender 22 episodes, 1983-1986
Sylvia Kay ...  Mrs. Warrender / ... 15 episodes, 1983-1986
John Ringham ...  Norman Warrender / ... 14 episodes, 1983-1986
Ann Lynn ...  Rita Pinner / ... 9 episodes, 1984-1986
Shaun Curry Shaun Curry ...  Les Pinner / ... 9 episodes, 1983-1986
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The series followed the wavering relationship between two ex-lovers, Penny Warrender, a secretary for an advertising firm, and Vincent Pinner, an ex ice cream salesman turned turf accountant (bookmaker) who is also the son of a wealthy scrap metal merchant. The couple split up following Vincent's decision not to marry Penny on their wedding day, leaving her at the altar. In the pilot episode, 5 years since their intended wedding day, the pair meet again by chance in a pub, while out on individual dates. The pair decide to forget the past and become friends, although the rekindling of their relationship is not welcomed by Penny's snobbish parents, particularly her mother, Daphne, played by Sylvia Kay. Written by maggiesoup-863-26136

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22 September 1983 (UK) See more »

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(21 episodes) | (1 Episode)

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Stereo | Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Exteriors filmed in Essex around Southend, Thorpe Bay and Wakering See more »

Quotes

Penny Warrender: What have you been doing with yourself today, hmm?
Vince Pinner: Well, I've been window shopping. Looking for new bedding, that sort of thing.
Daphne Warrender: [sarcastically] Pity the army surplus store has closed down.
Vince Pinner: Yes. I imagine you must miss it terribly, Daphne.
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Referenced in The Wright Stuff: Episode #10.67 (2009) See more »

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Just Good Friends
13 January 2006 | by JBlck2See all my reviews

It seems amazing that it is roughly 23 years since this sit-com was broadcast on BBC, but to me it is one of the most endearing and enjoyable comedies that the BBC ever produced.

The chemistry between the two main characters, Penny and Vince, is quite addictive, and it is helped by the fact that the two actors who took the parts, Jan Francis and Paul Nicholas, were both extremely good-looking in their own right, and apparently off-screen shared a similar sense of humour. The supporting cast, {in particular Sylvia Kay as Daphne, Pennys mother} helped this comedy to become a true classic, almost ageless in quality.

John Sullivan has often received so many plaudits for the great 'Only Fools And Horses' and rightly so, but to me personally, Just Good Friends had everything that you could want in entertainment, a great cast, good story lines, great one-liners, plenty of laughter, sadness, and hope. I just hope that todays generation will get a glimpse of it sometime, and become as addicted as I did.


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