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Call this British sitcom a prototype of the 'Girl Power' that would sweep the nation in the mid-1990s....
Acorn Media / 432 Minutes / 1990-1992 / Unrated / Street Date: March 19, 2013
There’s a cuteness to No Job For a Lady that comes dangerously close to being distractingly twee. This short-lived British sitcom starring Penelope Keith is all smiles – even when the goings-on of Parliament get our protagonist Jean Price down, there is reliably something around the corner that perks her up again, sparking that big smile.
Price (played by Keith) is a newly-elected MP who is not exactly the most popular kid on the block. She has enough trouble keeping up with her husband (Mark Kingston) and her kids, so the fact that the good ol’ boys who have no interest in a member of the fairer sex doing ‘a man’s job’, however annoying it may be, isn’t exactly the only thing Jean worries about on a daily basis.
This is the shtick of No Job For a Lady: Jean Price enters the arena of big-deal British politics and goes out of her way to find humor in her struggles against a glass ceiling. There isn’t a major feminist bent to the show – again, it’s more cutesy than anything else – but there are moments on this Complete Collection set that show ol’ Jean really putting a couple cranky bastards in their places. For as we all know, the seemingly innocent ones are often those who can pack the most punch….