As far as television is concerned, the British sitcom is the best of television in my opinion, so I enjoyed this documentary about it.
Narrated by Julie Walters, this was a three part series where each instalment lasted fifty minutes. Part one went from the start of the sitcom to the end of the sixties and discussed classic sitcoms of that time such as "Hancock's Half Hour", "Steptoe and Son" "Till Death us do Part" and my all time favourite "Dads Army". Part 2 looked at the seventies and spoke about "Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads", "Rising Damp", "Fawlty Towers and "The Good Life" and many others and part three was about the alternative comedy such as "The Young Ones" and classic sitcoms in the 80's and 90's such as "One Foot in the Grave", "Only Fools and Horses", "Desmonds" and "Men Behaving Badly"
All in all it was a great documentary. The most interesting part was "Steptoe and Son" when Good Life creator Bob Lareby said how shocked it made him. Steptoe and Son didn't have rows about smoking etc. there were times when they genuinely hated each other. Two things annoyed me really. They did a full five minutes talking about "The Liver Birds" and then spoke about "Porridge" for about thirty seconds, why? Another thing that got on my nerves was when Alan Davies came on and heavily criticised the 70's sitcom. He choose Terry and June as the obvious example. There are three reasons why I disagree with him, firstly the seventies had some brilliant sitcoms such as "Rising Damp", secondly "Terry and June" is quite an amusing series and thirdly, although Terry and June started in 1979, the vast majority of the series was made in the 1980's. Taking them two things aside, the documentary was perfect.
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