Paul Nicholas plays Vince Pinner, an East End bookmaker, who thinks he is Gods gift to women, and Penny Warender, a up market girl from Chipping Ongar. Wonderful casting of the central charatures, but the show is stolen by Ann Lynn and Sylvia Kay who play Vince and Penny's mothers.

Just Good Friends - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 1983-09-22

Just Good Friends - Just Good Friends - Netflix

Just Good Friends is a British sitcom written by John Sullivan. It starred Paul Nicholas and Jan Francis as former lovers Vincent Pinner and Penny Warrender, who meet in a pub five years after he jilted her at the altar. Three series and a 90-minute Christmas special were produced for the BBC by Ray Butt. In 2004, it came 43rd in Britain's Best Sitcom.

Just Good Friends - Plot - Netflix

The series followed the wavering relationship between two ex-lovers, Penny Warrender, a secretary for an advertising firm, and Vincent Pinner, an ex-ice cream salesman turned bookmaker who is the son of a wealthy scrap metal merchant. The couple split up following Vincent's decision not to marry Penny on their wedding day, leaving her at the altar. In the pilot episode, five years since their intended wedding day, the pair meet again by chance in a pub while out on individual dates. The pair decide to forget the past and become friends, although the rekindling of their relationship is not welcomed by Penny's snobbish parents, particularly her mother, Daphne, played by Sylvia Kay. The 1984 90-minute Christmas special was a prequel to the series showing how Penny and Vince first met, loved and how Penny was jilted and married Graham. The last episode of the second series was intended to be the final episode, with Penny leaving for a job in Paris. The cast reunited in 1986 for a final seven episodes, in which Penny and Vince met up in Paris two years after they split up. Penny was now divorced and Vince was married; the couple renew their relationship and Vince, now a successful businessman, gives up everything for a quick divorce to pay off his wife Gina so he can be with Penny. In the final episode, Vince is still recovering from his painful divorce when his father pays a visit. Vince is told that unless he calls the wedding off, a lucrative wine export contract cannot be signed - Gina's way of blackmailing the Pinners by hitting where it really hurts. Similarly, Penny is told that unless she calls the wedding off, her dad's new job may not happen and at work, she is offered a permanent basing in Paris, all because Gina Marshall (Vince's ex) is too important a client to turn down. Eventually, she accepts the new posting but uses it to her advantage by returning to Paris and marrying Vince at the town hall.

Just Good Friends - References - Netflix