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Waiting for God 

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When Tom Ballard moves to Bayview Retirement Vilage, he meets Diana Trent, a feisty old woman who complains about everything and wants nothing more than just to die. Much to the dislike of ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Graham Crowden ...  Tom / ... 47 episodes, 1990-1994
Stephanie Cole ...  Diana Trent 47 episodes, 1990-1994
Daniel Hill ...  Harvey Bains 47 episodes, 1990-1994
Janine Duvitski ...  Jane Edwards / ... 47 episodes, 1990-1994
Andrew Tourell Andrew Tourell ...  Geoffrey / ... 46 episodes, 1990-1994
Sandra Payne Sandra Payne ...  Marion Ballard / ... 46 episodes, 1990-1994
Michael Bilton Michael Bilton ...  Basil Makepeace 27 episodes, 1990-1993
Dawn Hope Dawn Hope ...  Jenny 26 episodes, 1990-1994
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When Tom Ballard moves to Bayview Retirement Vilage, he meets Diana Trent, a feisty old woman who complains about everything and wants nothing more than just to die. Much to the dislike of Harvey Baines, the head of the home, the two form a friendship and eventually a romance, helping each other out of tight situations. Tom's son, Geofrey, and daughter-in-law, Marion (whom Tom doesn't particularly like) are constantly stopping in and Jane, a worker at the home, is Diana's worst nightmare being constantly cheerful. Together, though, Tom and Diana make it together while they are waiting for God. Written by Christopher Rothbauer <kg9it@qsl.net>

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28 June 1990 (UK) See more »

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Endstation Paradies See more »

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(47 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Michael Bilton, who played Basil, died 5 November 1993 in the midst of the fourth season's original airing. The character simply disappears from the Bayview dining room from that point on, without any memorial to the actor in the credits, nor any reason in the plot for why he's not there. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Harvey Bains: Jane, you're touching me.
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Remade as Heaven Will Wait (1997) See more »

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Trout Quintet, Op. 114
by Franz Schubert
Performed by The Nash Ensemble
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What a wonderful antidote to the usual crap!
27 June 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

What a wonderful antidote to the usual crap on television--especially in its depiction of old people. All too often, in films and TV, old people are endowed with either great wisdom, insight or are gosh-darn cute. WAITING FOR GOD throws all these clichés out the window, showing us that old people can be nasty--just like anyone else! The film has two leads--Diana and Tom. While Tom isn't a major grouch, he is a bit of a trouble maker and loves being eccentric. Diana, on the other hand, is a nasty old crank that could care less about people she deems are beneath her--and that is practically everyone! And her anger and clever meanness is given plenty of righteous opportunity to come out at the old folks home they live in, as Harvey (the manager) is a total moron and his assistant, Jane, is just...well, pathetic.

Week after week, Diana (with assistance from Tom) make their lives miserable--along with Tom's truly awful son and daughter-in-law. There is a lot more I can say about the show, but the bottom line is that excellent writing, truly original characters and a nice sense of irreverence make this a must-see...especially if there is a little Diana within you.


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