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The Strange World of Gurney Slade 

Gurney Slade wanders from place to place after breaking the fourth wall to escape from the mundanities of making a family sitcom.
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Gurney Slade wanders from place to place after breaking the fourth wall to escape from the mundanities of making a family sitcom.

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Pioneering, imaginative TV comedy
16 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

A pioneering comedy series, postmodernist before there was such a thing, and a wonderful demonstration of Anthony Newley's genius in the art of self-mockery.

The Newley character, playing the lead in a ghastly domestic soap opera, suddenly walks off the set in disgust, but to his horror finds he can't escape the cameras.

A slight, pathetic figure in a shabby raincoat, he wanders about London - seen and unseen - talking to himself, a dog, a dustbin, dancing with a girl who's come down from an advertising poster... He's looking for some answers, but finds the world is surreal, absurd, trivial and bewildering. Like Alice.

The theme tune - wistful but jaunty - (which Newley summons up with a piano-playing action of the hand) - expresses his character unforgettably.

The series probably altered the history of comedy, and forty years on we still get allusions to it in advertisements.


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