Series 2 was launched on Monday 12th April 2010 at 10.00pm. Maureen Lipman and Anne Reid star again as the Ladies.
In the first television series of Ladies of Letters, broadcast on ITV3 from February 2009 for ten weeks, we went back to the Ladies’ beginnings, telling how they met, and how they both ended up in prison together!
Series 2 is based on the second book, More Ladies of Letters, where Vera is living on a trailer park in Vicker-upon-St Agnes, and Irene goes Down Under to visit her daughter and ends up in a drying out clinic.
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SERIES TWO REVIEWS (2010):
THE GUARDIAN GUIDE - TV & RADIO 12th April 2010
More people should be enjoying the company of Irene and Vera in the new series of Ladies of Letters. Quite why ITV has buried this marvellous comedy about two bickering pension-age widows in the wilderness of ITV3 is baffling. The show's pedigree is good (it was a BBC Radio 4 series first), the cast is first-rate (Maureen Lipman and Anne Reid) and the script frequently touches the hem of genius.
Upon hearing that a mutual male romantic target has kicked the bucket, Irene muses: 'Rumours are abounding in the village that he was taking that Niagara. Which just goes to show what happens when you try to burn both your candles at one end.' And upon hearing that 'fun-loving' Vera plans to visit in order to attend the poor chap's funeral, Irene makes a mental shopping list: 'Bubble bath, large bottle gin - small bottle tonic.'
It deserves a huge audience. Get those feisty old biddies on ITV1 now!
Daily Mail 16th April 2010 - TV and Radio Week
Ladies of Letters (ITV3) is the kind of small-scale treat that is exactly what the multitude of tiny channels should be doing but so rarely do.
In a comedy that combines waspish turns of phrase with cartoon-like visual asides, Anne Reid and Maureen Lipman are an absolute delight.
This quietly tremendous comedy is too good to miss because you haven’t spotted it on ITV3.
A second series- unfairly tucked away on ITV3…
Anne Reid and Maureen Lipman are exquisitely cruel…
The Mail on Sunday
A mutual dependence is used to touching effect.
The Total TV Guide
…I love this comedy show…
South Wales Evening Post
SERIES ONE REVIEWS (2009):
Daily Mail Weekend 31st January 2009
Pick of the Day in the Daily Mirror 3rd February 2009
Guardian TV & Radio Blog 3rd February 2009
Sky.com TV preview
Time Out - 5th February "Another pair of exemplary, nuanced performances by Maureen Lipman and Anne Reid. Rife with melancholy, stubborness and betrayal, but delivered with abundant humour and subtlety."
RadioTimes - 7th February: "Delicately phrased backbiting"
TV Times - 7th February: "While we don't know which of the ladies we prefer, what we do know is that this is great fun!"