This is very flawed as a documentary though very interesting as a
nostalgia piece tracing the history of how Saturday night was the most
watched night of television in Britain in the 1970s but ended up
becoming the least watched by the 1990s .
It's flawed because it doesn't really come up with a conclusive answer
as to why though it does suggest audiences are more sophisticated and
have more choice via satellite TV channels . It's also flawed because
it does miss out facts like the BBC didn't start it's early evening
schedule in the mid 70s with THE GENERATION GAME , it started its
schedule with DOCTOR WHO which would often appear in the top ten
ratings for that week . Likewise the documentary insinuates WHO WANTS
TO BE A MILLIONAIRE has been part of Saturday nights . That may well be
the case for the last couple of years but not when the show started in
the late 1990s when it was broadcast on 8 consecutive nights every
couple of months , then 3 times a night from early autumn to late
spring . Oh and how would Saturday NIGHT LIVE with its young trendy
alternative comedians rival the early evening light entertainment shows
when it's broadcast at 11 pm ?
It's little details like that spoil this documentary but like I said
it's a superb nostalgia piece which shows us nostalgia isn't what it
was . Anyone remember Little and Large ? That's the comedy duo with the
two straight men one of whom was fat while the other one was
undernourished . Here we see a clip of them as Laurel and Hardy trying
to fix a car in a slapstick way . Crapstick would be a better
expression of their pathetic routine . ITV had their own version of a
two straight men comedy duo called Cannon and Ball . Laugh ? I thought
I'd never start and I didn't , so don't kid yourself about " The good
old days " because they often weren't all that good .
There's interesting bits of information amongst the unfunny pratfalls .
We see a pilot for BLIND DATE that instead of Cilla Black as presenter
has that 1980s camp comedian with the " Oh gone on chase me , chase me
" catchphrase , and we learn that the producer of GAME FOR A LAUGH
originally tried to sell the format to the BBC who weren't interested
All in all a documentary that will have you saying to yourself " Oh I
remember watching that in 1982 - It was crap . Nostalgia isn't what it
used to be "
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