7.9/10
182
8 user 2 critic

Chance in a Million 

Tom Chance's life is plagued by coincidences. Even his initial meeting with his beloved Alison happened by pure chance - when he went to a local pub to meet another girl (also called Alison... See full summary »
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
1986   1984  

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Labours of Erica (1989–1990)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Clive Merrison, Geoffrey Davies
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Terry and Bob from The Likely Lads (1964) continue their life after Terry arrives home from serving in the Army to discover that Bob is about to marry his girlfriend Thelma. Can Thelma lead... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Brigit Forsyth
The Green Man (1956)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Work has been going with a bang for freelance assassin Hawkins but a job in England is a different matter. His apparently easy target, a pompous government minister, is off for some ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Day, Basil Dearden
Stars: Alastair Sim, George Cole, Terry-Thomas
All Good Things (TV Series 1991)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Warren Clarke, Timothy Stark
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson
Saving Grace (2000)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A small-town English widow, facing financial troubles after her husband's suicide, turns to agriculture of an illegal kind.

Director: Nigel Cole
Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson, Martin Clunes
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A naive aristocrat in search of a career becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labor union.

Director: John Boulting
Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers
The New Statesman (1987–1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The ultra right-wing Alan B'Stard, the most selfish, greedy, dishonest, sadistic and sociopathic Conservative MP of them all, plots to achieve his meglomaniacal ambitions.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan
The Piglet Files (1990–1992)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

While taking a walk, Peter Chapman and his wife, Sarah, are followed by two bungling spies, Dexter and Lewis, who find it difficult to take photos of their quarry. Peter, an Electronics ... See full summary »

Stars: Nicholas Lyndhurst, Louise Catt, Clive Francis
That Uncertain Feeling (TV Mini-Series 1986)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Miles Anderson, Ann Beach, Brenda Blethyn
Man About the House (1973–1976)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

One morning after a particularly wild party, Chrissy and Jo wake up to find Robin sleeping in their bath. He needs a place to live, they need a flatmate that can cook, so they decide to let... See full summary »

Stars: Richard O'Sullivan, Paula Wilcox, Sally Thomsett
Night Train I (1998)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Trains, romance, a mysterious past. Michael Poole (Sir John Hurt) is an ex-conman, whose cons have finally caught up with him. Unaware of his past, Alice (Brenda Blethyn) joins him in a dramatic escape on the Orient Express.

Director: John Lynch
Stars: John Hurt, Brenda Blethyn, Pauline Flanagan
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Simon Callow ...  Tom Chance 18 episodes, 1984-1986
Brenda Blethyn ...  Alison Little 18 episodes, 1984-1986
Edit

Storyline

Tom Chance's life is plagued by coincidences. Even his initial meeting with his beloved Alison happened by pure chance - when he went to a local pub to meet another girl (also called Alison) for a 'blind date'. As this was the same pub that Alison had arranged to meet her cousin, Tom Chesney, for the first time since they were both children, it was a coincidence waiting to happen! Tom Chance's frequent brushes with coincidences also lead to his being continually arrested by police for crimes he did not commit, with the result that the Police Sergeant finally issues instructions, to his force, *not* to arrest Tom - even when faced with the most compromising of circumstances involving Tom. Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ni kriv ni dužan See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In series two Alison says she's 27 and in real life Brenda who plays Alison is actually 40. See more »

Soundtracks

Taking a Chance on Love
Written by Vernon Duke (uncredited), John La Touche (uncredited) and Ted Fetter (uncredited)
Performed by The Ladybirds
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Dated but hilarious gem.
16 August 2011 | by eddieknockerSee all my reviews

It's a testament to the talent of Callow & Blethyn that this is not unwatchable but in fact still bloody funny and charming.

All the clichés of early 80's sitcoms in abundance - awful lighting, wooden sets, even more wooden acting from the other characters and extras, past-it's-sell-by-date canned laughter.

I only have memories of this as a child when it was originally aired. I can see why C4 haven't showed it again as it's just too dated.

But if you do have a spare few quid get the DVD set and marvel at Blethyn's hilarious, sweet and barely repressed sexual librarian and Callow's bumptious but likable bad luck lightning-rod.

Mention must go to the writers - incredibly convoluted and humorous plots. Maintains the great Brtitish tradition of the farce.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed