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Series / May to December

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British Sitcom about a May–December Romance between Zoe Angell, a 26 year old P.E. teacher, and 53 year old widower solicitor named Alec Callendar. Zoe meets Alec when he handles her divorce and the two start a relationship, to the chagrin of Alec's prudish, busybody daughter Simone. Alec's son Jamie, who works at his father's firm, is more laid back about the idea. Zoe's family isn't very excited about the idea in the beginning, even though they like Alec in himself, and try to set her up with younger men. Other members of the cast include Hilary, the ditzy secretary, and Ms. Flood, Hilary's prim, long-suffering counterpart.

May To December contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Audio Adaptation: Some of the episodes were adapted for radio in 1998.
  • British Brevity: The show ran for 6 seasons, but only produced 39 episodes in that time.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The first series had a different opening featuring an oak tree through the seasons, alongside a different rendition of the theme tune. Like Only Fools and Horses, this is one which is less obvious to modern-day viewers, as it has been replaced with the opening used for the rest of the show in later reruns.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All of the show's episodes are titled after popular songs.
  • Imagine Spot: Alec occasionally fantasises about being Perry Mason.
  • May–December Romance: The show has a late-middle-aged man marrying a woman about the age of his children by his late first wife. In the first season/series of the program[me], the older Scottish lawyer/widower is 53 and his younger P.E. teacher girlfriend is 26. He's her divorce lawyer and they fall in love, and much is made about this, from speculation about whether she's in it for the money or whether he's just a doddering old fool robbing from the cradle.
  • One-Hour Work Week: Zoe is seen actively working (as opposed to mentioning her job, talking to other staff members or attending work functions) exactly twice in the entire run of the programme; both in the first few episodes, if standing in front of a class and ordering them to jog on the spot can be considered a PE lesson.
  • Put on a Bus: Hilary is written off off-screen at the beginning of Series 6, being mentioned to have moved to the Isle of Wight.
  • Titled After the Song: All of the show's episodes are titled after popular songs.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Zoe is young and beautiful, while Alec is middle aged, bald and rather pudgy with coke-bottle glasses.