THE PINNACLE of Potterism. Here, over six weeks on peak time Sunday BBC1, was childhood repression, physical degradation, casual racism, a profusion of breastage, village school bullying, turds in desks, runaway wheelchairs, runaway Underground trains, too too too much flaky skin, PATRICK MALAHIDE’s bare bonking arse in the woods, imaginary hitmen, pulp crime fiction, palm court dance bands, word games, ALISON STEADMAN – or maybe JANET SUZMAN – being fished naked out of the Thames, talking scarecrows, the tallest tree in the world and MICHAEL GAMBON getting his penis greased. All set to the swinging sound of 1940s popular music classics. “When I grow up, everything, everything will be all right.”
Creamguide's Pick of the Day
The People’s Songs
Wednesday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2
This series certainly isn’t just aiming for the standard Radio 2 demographic as it’s been true to its word of covering the entire sphere of post-war British pop, and we mark the halfway point with another more recent tune in Cigarettes And Alcohol. The reason it’s here is because it became the unofficial anthem of the new lad, a movement that seemed quite exciting at the time. Remarkably Loaded is still going, even though we haven’t got a clue who reads it, but it’s probably still more relevant than the world’s worst magazine, the truly appalling GQ.
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Points of View
- In 'Jay, Ricky', Applemask says: "Actually a really, really good magician and historian of magic and grifting. Also quite a handy actor, and delivered the opening narration to..."
- In 'Big D Nut Displays', Applemask says: "Albeit an advent calendar celebrating the birth of tits rather than Christ."
- In 'Energy Saving Campaigns', Applemask says: "David Waddington the forgotten Home Secretary?"
- In 'National Garages ', Applemask says: "Father Abraham was an opportunist who never really had anything to do with the Smurfs beyond employing them to make him money."
- In 'Wimpy Bars', Applemask says: "You’re right, that is hilarious."