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TOP RANK DEMENTED Lancashire-set era-spanning lampoon-sitcom charting 1930s feud between rich buggers the Hardacres (prop. the mill, the crutch factory and the munitions plant) and soft soaks the Fairchilds (prop. fuck all, aside from a few trade union banners). TIMOTHY “SILLLLLENNCE!” WEST was evil blaggard Bradley Hardacre, BARBARA “COUNTRY MATTERS” EWING was Agnes Fairchild, his intermittent sex-toy and custodian of Keir Hardie’s cap, who in turn was betrohed to one-footed cab driver Don Brennan from CORONATION STREET, who was continually in hospital from being used to test new explosives. Tons of gags, tons of dirt, tons of knowing names (brothers called Austin and Morris, Job Lott, Lord Mountfast, Sergeant Pepper).

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  1. Mr Grimsdale

    July 16, 2009 at 8:55 am

    A lost classic. It doesn’t get remembered and yet it is probably the best, funniest, sharpest comedy ITV has ever produced. The most un-ITV-like programme ever transmitted on a commercial channel. This would’ve been worthy of BBC2 at its peak. Cult with a capital C.

  2. Damian

    September 25, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    It’s BLACKGUARD-not ‘blaggard’.

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