Saturday, 26 July 2008
IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH SERIES 1
The PC brigade have a lot to answer for.
These days the TV listings are filled with bland characters and if the PC lot get their way then society will follow suit. The modern Media is full of bland plastic people who couldn't form an opinion of their own if it came flat packed from Argos.
So travel back in time to the dim distant days when we still had freedoms, rather than the illusion of freedom, to a place where cigarette smoke drifts in the air and knife crime only ever happens on Starskey and Hutch.
This brilliant sitcom about loud mothed bigot Alf Garnet could never play on TV these days, well except for the odd episode tucked away on the more obscure channels. So this DVD release is very welcome.
The show was often charged with being racist but that was missing the point. Sure the character of Alf was racist and homophobic. But the show poked fun at his old fashioned British Imperialistic attitude and he always had his come uppance at the end with his bigotry showed up for the ignorance it was.
What the show did was to show real characters, exactly like old folk I knew growing up in the 70's and 80's.
Shame we won the bloody way, really.
An excellent series featuring a genuine British comedy icon.
NOTE: For US readers the show was bought by the US and became the long running Archie Bunker.
Posted by Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin at 03:03