I know what you mean about Elaine Strich, Tim.
There's a sharpness to the character that is a bit much allright, although her one woman show was rated with the best, so maybe I should explore further.
Donald Sinden's class seems to grow with the passing years.
He was excellent in this series and I also really like his pairing with Windsor Davies in the comedy series"Never The Twain", of which the first 2 series (or seasons for you!) have at last been issued on DVD.
His voice alone is fabulous.