Another change this week. Because there’s simply nothing happening in
the news, you’ll probably want to spend your evenings in watching some
DVDs of those classic TV programmes from the past. Here’s a selection
we recommend highly:
WHEN THE VOTE COMES IN
A tale of grinding poverty-avoidance and struggle for survival by a
plucky lad from the North East. Best remembered for the title song:
"You shall a have peerage on your little dishy; you shall have a
peerage when the vote comes in". Can Tony and his family live through
this Great Depression? Well, at least they manage to avoid poverty.
Unfortunately the vote then comes in, and they’re wiped out. You won’t
miss them by the time the story ends.
PRISONER: NO BLOCK ON THE CELLS
Long-running prison drama involving foreigners. A prison, with
apparently cardboard walls, adopts a radical new policy for handling
cell over-crowding: let them all out. Strains credibility;
unconvincing acting from the man playing the role of Charles, the
Governor – no one would ever give such a clown an important job in real
life, would they?
Tongue-in-cheek account of the "sexploits" of the famous passionate lover – his time as a steward on a cross-channel ferry, his decision to give up working for a living and become a union official, his leadership of a strike by seamen [please no sniggering] and finally the utter destruction of his reputation when he is forced to stoop to becoming Deputy Prime Minister in a corrupt little republic. A magnificent performance from the man who went on to become Dr Who-the-hell-voted-for-him, the man who lives on a different planet to the rest of us.
EMERGENCY WARD NUMBER 10
Hospital drama. The NHS is having its best ever year – so good in fact, that it no longer needs any nurses and can sack all of them. But what do the staff of the hospital do about Tony, who’s on life-support in the end bed? They switch it off, of course, and go down the pub.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
It is a truth universally acknowledged that when a man has been in power for too long, he forgets why the people put him there. When this drama was first broadcast in the mid-90s, the nation swooned over its central male character – but if you watch it these days, you’ll wonder what people ever saw in him.
TILL DEBT US DO PART
Oops! All those lenders want repayment. Hit series in which a comedian swears a lot.
And something to keep the kiddies occupied:
It’s election time again in Greendale – and a busy period for poor old Pat because, although Greendale appears to have a visible population of only 8 people, between them they have applied for 7,652,385 postal votes, and asked for them all to be delivered to the shed belonging to Councillor Fiddle (whom no one has seen since the last elections). What does it all mean, wonders Jess the Cat (who is also Greendale’s Electoral Registration Officer). Still, reflects Pat, at least no one will be able to cheat the outcome of the election – if they’re relying on the Royal Mail there’s no bloody chance any of those votes will arrive before Christmas 2009.