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Till Death Us Do Part

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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