Take a Letter Mr Jones

Season 1 Episode 2

The Interview

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Aired Saturday 7:35 PM Sep 12, 1981 on ITV
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The Interview
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A reporter interviews Joan for an article about how women executives can handle the combination of work and domestic responsibilities. Graham accidentally becomes the focus of the article.

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  • Rather sexist and not very funny.

    6.0
    This shows astonishes for all the wrong reasons. It starts with a theme song that must have already sounded awful in the eighties. (You have to give the producers credit for the original way it's presented: the singers act throughout the credits.) Then there's the central theme: a male secretary working for a female boss. Though the story line of this episode attacks prejudices, the events sort of confirm them. It's obvious this was written by two men who were still living in an earlier era. The cliché Italian maid played by Miriam Margoyles only confirms that.



    But for a show that was supposed to showcase John Inman, it uses him very ineffectively. Inman can handle physical comedy and has perfect comedy timing. He's given poor jokes here and is only required to pull a few faces. I suppose you can applaud the creators for not turning Graham Jones into an imitation of W.C. Humphries, but we're left with a pretty bland character.moreless

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    • Ruth: Bosses never give their secretaries any credit when they're being interviewed.
      Brenda: Yes, she's right, you know. All the things I've done for Mr Dorren and he never said anything to anybody.
      Graham: Especially his wife.

    • Joan: I've never been able to understand why male executives insist on having photographs of their wife and children laid out on their desk.
      Graham: I know lots of male executives who prefer to have their secretaries laid out on their desk.

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