Till Death Us Do Part: Season 4, Episode 6

Alf's Broken Leg (25 Oct. 1972)

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Alf is bed-ridden having slipped on Else's newly-polished floor and broken his leg. Bored with being stuck inside he asks Else to push him in a wheel-chair to the pub but it is too much for... See full summary »

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Alf is bed-ridden having slipped on Else's newly-polished floor and broken his leg. Bored with being stuck inside he asks Else to push him in a wheel-chair to the pub but it is too much for her and she gives up. Some lads apparently come to Alf's rescue and take him to his destination but they actually drug his beer so that he passes out after which they paint his face and push him around as a Penny for the Guy. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"I know his father! He wears yellow trousers and stutters!"
19 September 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Alf's leg is broken as a result of him slipping on a freshly polished floor ( he thinks Else did it on purpose to try and claim insurance money ) and he is off work, confined to a wheelchair. She claims it was his own fault as he was drunk at the time. Left alone for hours in the dark, he is bored out of his mind and begs his family to bring him downstairs, which they do - with great difficulty.

He is still miserable though, especially when Gran turns up, starts drinking whisky and talking about terminal illnesses. To get away from her, he goes to the pub. Else tries pushing both him and Rita's baby's pram simultaneously, but the effort proves too much and she walks off.

Three youths push him the rest of the way. Leaving him outside, they take cigarettes off the landlord and tell him to put them on Alf's slate. He gives them crisps as a reward for their 'kindness'.

Mike finds the youths have drugged Alf's beer and painted a clown's face on him to use him for 'Penny For The Guy' purposes...

This was the last episode of Season 4 ( though a Christmas Special would follow shortly ). Following a four year gap, 'Till Death Us Do Part' had resumed production, and in glorious colour to boot. According to Mark Ward's new book 'A Family At War', the decision to revive Alf was partly motivated by the success of the American version 'All In The Family'. The other reason was that I.T.V. had scored a batch of comedy hits such as 'On The Buses', 'Please Sir!', and the 'Doctor' series and the B.B.C. wished to compete, so they revived not only this but also 'Steptoe & Son', 'The Likely Lads' and 'Sykes'.

Certainly the show benefited from the break. This being the '70's, there was a Tory Government in power and new targets for the humour. Joan Sims guested in most of the new shows as 'Gran', the gin-sodden geriatric. As was the case with Clive Dunn in 'Dad's Army', the actress

  • quite an attractive woman at that time - was able to portray old


people convincingly. Else's indifference at her husband's discomfort is amusing, though it is sad to think that over a decade later she would be the one in the wheelchair.

The ringleader of the tear-aways is Richard Speight, son of the show's creator/writer, who would reappear in 'In Sickness & In Health' as Marigold's boyfriend 'Goldie'. In an amusing in-joke, Alf refers to the boy's dad as someone who wears yellow trousers and stutters! Both were characteristics of Johnny Speight.

Alf would have his face repainted in an episode of the I.T.V. sequel 'Till Death', only then it was Rita's teenage son who did the deed.

Funniest moment - Alf looking in a mirror and realising just why everyone is laughing at him!


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