To sum up this movie in two words, one would have to flip a coin to decide whether it is "hysterically tasteless" or "tastelessly hysterical." It is surely one or the other, and perhaps both. The time is 1947. England is just recovering from the war, and there are still many restrictions
on the inhabitants of the Yorkshire town where the action takes place. There could be a brisk trade in black market items, but Wormold (Bill Paterson), the local inspector from the Food Ministry, keeps tabs on everyone, making certain that nobody is growing food or breeding livestock illegally.
Gilbert (Michael Palin) and Joyce Chilvers (Maggie Smith) are a married couple with litt...