Paradise Postponed

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Welcome to the Paradise Postponed guide at TV.com. This British series, based on books by John Mortimer, follows the rise of Leslie Titmuss from humble beginnings in the 1950s to Tory cabinet minister in the 1980s. The rise of the slippery Titmuss is contrasted with the more modest progress of his neighbours, the intellectual Simcoxes and the aristocratic Fanners. This listing also takes in the spin-off mini-series Titmuss Regained (1991).
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  • The story of an English village community from the 1950s to the 1980s, symbolising the progress - or regress - of a once-hopeful country where "paradise tomorrow" is always a possibility, but where paradise is nonetheless forever being postponed.moreless

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    Sir John Mortimer was the sort of atheist who secretly wished he could believe in God, and also, one suspects, the sort of socialist who secretly felt he really should have been a Tory. Here, in telling the story of a famous left-wing clergyman (whose death leads to the uncovering of a great secret), Mortimer attempts nothing less than a review of English life over the four decades following the end of the Second World War, a time in which the "land fit for heroes" gradually became the squalid Thatcherite nation of greedy yuppies and heartless politicians on the one hand, and homeless, jobless millions on the other. It's a kind of left-wing riposte to "Brideshead Revisited", not quite as lavish or star-laden, but a lot more moving and pointed, as well as more entertaining.moreless

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Drama

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British TV, 80s