In the race to engulf greensward at irresponsible speeds which was the 1970s New Town scheme, it was hard for a fledgling metropolis to stand out amid the clamour. If you were neither notorious like Milton Keynes, nor hideous like Cumbernauld, how to get people looking – however disgustedly – in your direction? For plucky little Lancashire conurbation Runcorn, the answer was twofold: piggyback on the more well-known nearby town of Warrington, and encourage anyone interested in moving to the exciting new hyphenated location of ‘Warrington-Runcorn’ to ‘Ring Eileen Bilton now’ for more details. To let daylight in on magic for a second, Eileen Bilton was no more a solitary secretary in a box-room with a Trimphone and a pile of brochures than Ken Morse was just one bloke with one very busy rostrum camera, but the name of a rapidly expanding real estate partnership. Still, that’s the new town all over – promises exotic intrigue, delivers the same old splother as usual.
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These shows get their first screening on Fridays but we’re going to carry on billing them here mostly because there’s nothing else on Wednesdays. Having now seen this series, we’re pleased to report it’s great fun, with plenty of Tony Wilson’s links, and these are fantastic – whether he’s slagging off Malcolm McLaren for claiming no TV company wanted to show the Sex Pistols when apparently they’d arranged to film them twice and McLaren pulled them out at the last minute, or refusing to apologise for showing footage of a fight in the audience of a Penetration gig, because “the best rock music has always had an aggressive, violent edge” and the fighting was “no worse than you’d find in a dozen pubs within a mile of the venue”. We like the punk-inspired presentation, too, coping with the irremovable original credits on some of the clips by just scribbling their own credits over them. Well worth a look.
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