The first big screen outing for Johnny Speight’s legendary bigot Alf Garnett played, as on television, by Warren Mitchell. All of the small screen cast are here, including Dandy Nichols as Alf’s wife Elsie, muttering about her idiotic husband through gobfulls of boiled sweets, and Una Stubbs and Tony Booth as daughter and son-in-law Rita and Mike rowing furiously over almost any subject Alf chooses to mouth off about. Quite different from the abovementioned straightforward transfers, this takes the characters and premise of the show creates some back-story for them, depicting the family’s survival through the London Blitz. It’s therefore one of the more interesting sitcom films and, thanks to Speight’s fantastic script, one of the best, too.
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For the first time in a while, two consecutive episodes, so it’s a completely different line-up to the last time and some belated debuts for Ian Dury and Sham 69 who we’d have otherwise seen two weeks ago, in a classic Pops juxtaposition with another Cilla flop and the first appearance of a record that, even skipping all the Savile and Travis episodes, you’re going to hear a hell of lot over the next few months.
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Points of View
- In 'Sixty Minutes', Applemask says: "Complete failure on the graphic designers’ part to make the letter S look like the number 60."
- In 'Xerxes', Applemask says: "Xerxes himself is now the founding leader of the pro-prohibition Liquor Party, who came thirteenth in the last Swedish General Election. Good fact."
- In 'Jonny Briggs', Applemask says: "Could never understand a word these Northern people were saying. Nothing to do with Mike Baldwin either."
- In 'Jimmy Will Fix It', Applemask says: "Jim’ll Fuck It"
- In 'PICK OF THE DAY', Gerry Dorrian says: "He was a classic on TotP with the girls, wasn’t he?"