Well Anyway (1976– )

TV Series   |  Comedy


Episode Guide


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Cast & Crew

Top Series Cast



Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


9 May 2011 | heathblair
9
| Not quite gone, not quite forgotten.
I was very young when I watched Well Anyway, about 10 or 11. I loved it. Bird and Fortune were new faces to me then. In those days, long before their great stint as the Two Johns, they weren't well known to general television audiences.

The premise for the series, as I remember it, was that Fortune barged into Bird's flat claiming to be an old college chum (probably a total fabrication) and sweet-talked his old "friend" into letting him stay. But Fortune's character is just a parasitical chancer who embroils Bird (a man at a perpetual loose end) into a stream of crass money making schemes.

At times, the series could be quite subdued, almost like a Beckett play for two. But it was always wryly funny and, occasionally, quite surreal. I remember one episode where Fortune persuades Bird to create an artificial life-form from the odds and ends lying around his kitchen. The not-so-honourable goal was to win the Nobel Prize for chemistry and collect the forty grand cash prize.

I think I read somewhere, ages ago, that Bird and Fortune practically disowned the show, saying that it wasn't very good. Who knows, maybe it wasn't. But it made me laugh at the time, and it had an nice off-kilter atmosphere (I liked that kind of thing then and now) not unlike Black Books or Nightingales.

I'd love to see it again. Why allow gems like this to gather dust in the BBC vaults? Well anyway...

More Like This

We Got It Made

We Got It Made

The Return

The Return

City on Fire

City on Fire

Legend of the Werewolf

Legend of the Werewolf

Frustrated Wives

Frustrated Wives

Did You Know?

Storyline

Genres

Comedy

This Week on TV: 'Misery' Loves Comedy

From an anthology romance series with massive movie stars and the return of "Castle Rock" to the end of a comedy era, here's everything we're watching.

Watch our video

Featured on IMDb

Check out the action from New York Comic Con check out what IMDb editors are watching this month, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com