Running from 22 July 1965 to 16 December 1975
Key Cast list:
|Warren Mitchell||Alf Garnett|
|Dandy Nichols||Else Garnett|
|Una Stubbs||Rita Rawlins|
|Anthony Booth||Mike Rawlins|
|Alfie Bass||Bert Reed|
|Patricia Hayes||Min Reed|
“It Stands to reason” was the most popular catchphrase of the sitcom, ‘Till Death Us Do Part’. The show is ‘one of a kind’ and deserves a place in my top five sitcoms of the 60’s.
It’s the only British sitcom that goes all whole-hog on just one man ranting and standing up for what he believes in. One man’s single mindedness, trying to convince everyone else he was right.
The main factor why I admire the show is because it took a big risk, especially at the time when Britain was undergoing many changes. With Alf Garnett’s strong views, rightly or wrongly, he became a massive hit with me and the nation. The majority of his beliefs can’t be taken seriously though as they are far-fetched.
These days I think the show is a difficult watch, with much of the content being dated. In today’s society with the politically correct era of television, shows such as this can’t be repeated due to its racism and narrow-mindedness.
With the hatred shown in the way of ranting, todays sitcoms show more tact in the way of their dislike. Despite this I believe it’s still a very successful sitcom for its era and deserves a place in my top five.
Alf Garnett has become a British legend with his star role in the show. The sitcom gave the viewers a comic way of understanding the changes that Britain was undergoing in the 60’s and 70’s.
The highly controversial sitcom became extremely popular with the general public. Focusing on politics of life and family, the ageing Alf, forever in battle with his son-in-law, Mike. The show evolved around current news stories which always end up in heated debate in the Garnett household.
Garnett was a character created by writer Johnny Speight who along with actor Warren Mitchell hated. Racist, disliking everything surrounding him, his rants are humorous and therefore can’t be taken serious.
By portraying an ugly extremist to express his prejudice, Speight embarrassed those people who feared change.Alf was a working-class die-hard whose only loyalties are to the Conservative Party, West Ham United and to the Queen. He is always at war with his “silly old moo” of a wife and also his daughter.
When Garnett burst onto the scene in 1965 the catchphrase “it stands to reason” became commonplace with the nation and he even gained Royal approval, appearing on Royal Command Performances.
Episodes evolved around the things Garnett despised, such as the Labour Party or having a Scouser for a son-in-law who was referred to as the ‘scouse git’. The duration of the episodes would focus on letting him rant, which would always end up in continual arguments.
After seven successful series the decision was made to end the sitcom. The attitude that Speight had protested against was changing therefore Till Death Us Do Part began to lose power and came to an end.
Written by Johnny Speight
Broadcast on BBC 1
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