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Series cast summary:
Rory McGrath ...
Arthur Smith ...
Will Self ...
John O'Farrell ...
Tony Hawks ...
John Stapleton ...
Felix Dexter ...
Rick Stein
John Peel
Matthew Parris ...
A.A. Gill
Stephen Bayley ...
Lemn Sissay ...
Bill Bryson
John Humphrys
Kelvin Mackenzie
Nigel Williams
Gerry Robinson ...


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9 October 2003 (UK)  »

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Crazy Credits

Over the opening credits, footage of the various interviewees waving their hands around angrily as they speak is edited to make it appear they are dancing to '70s funk. See more »


Followed by Grumpy Old Women at Christmas (2004) See more »

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A Grumpy Old Man ( Aged 43 ) Writes
27 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

I have mixed feelings about this. Part of me is glad to see the modern world getting a well-deserved kicking, even if it is from well-paid and over-exposed showbiz figures. Some of the views expressed ( particularly John O'Farrell's ) seem eminently sensible. But another part of me says: "This is patronising in the extreme.". Despite the title, its clearly aimed at the young. One imagines them tuning in and exclaiming: "Ha Ha! The sad old fools don't realise the world has moved on!". Actually, the concept is nothing new. In 1976, the B.B.C. made a series called 'Write On!' in which members of the public were invited to speak their minds on air. Their ideas included the teaching of First Aid in schools ( now why was that never taken up? ), the promotion of fishing as a national sport, complaints about the lack of television programmes aimed at the young ( how times have changed! ) and the use of incidental music in films. It only ran a single season, yet was vastly superior to 'Grumpy Old Men'. Who cares what millionaires think?

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