Good points PP about the change in character for both Oz & Barry. I also found Dennis to be somewhat different, as was Bomber. The Barry and Tatiana situation just didn't work for me either.
I'm the first to admit that I wanted them to do a series 3 as much as anyone else, but retrospectively, it was never going to hit the heights of series 1 & 2 without Wayne. Bombers illness also gave out a downbeat feeling for the series.
I have all series on DVD for completeness, but series 1 & particularly series 2 are the only ones that get regular viewing.
Yes, I really didn't like the way that Dennis was ground down post series 2. He never had the best of luck, but even when he was on his uppers to Ali in 2, he still managed to have the leadership qualities that Barry always saw. In 3 and beyond, he was more or less a beaten man. And they still looked to him for leadership!
I didn't think Bomber was much different to be honest.
And as for Moxey. Refreshingly the same throughout the entire run!
Post by Arthur Pringle on Oct 26, 2015 19:43:01 GMT
I think the change in the characters has a lot to do with the attitude of the actors playing them. Tim Spall & Jimmy Nail in particular seem to be more ambitious & dare I say it, egotistical, than Tim Healy & Chris Fairbank. I'd imagine that Tim Healy was content to keep playing Dennis the same way whereas Oz & Barry started to become unrecognisable. The writers were at fault as well for allowing the show to become practically unwatchable.
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