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S3-E2 It Was Alright in the 1970s

S3-E2 It Was Alright in the 1970s

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Was it all right in the 70s? Yes. Granted, viewed through 21st-century eyes television light entertainment then looks grotesquely sexist and racist. But of course the hip young comedians featured here make much of being appalled.

There’s so little point in placing the template of our current times on any period in history and wailing when it doesn’t match up. It just sounds smug. Still, this is an occasionally surprising glance over the shoulder, with some unexpected insights. There are particularly thoughtful contributions about Rising Damp and It Ain’t Half Hot Mum from Matthew Sweet and Samira Ahmed.

Indeed, comedy then revolved around the supposedly intrinsic hilarity of women’s breasts (and there are some deeply uncomfortable clips from Dave Allen and the unspeakable sketch show Battle of the Sexes). But somehow, we survived.


Matt Lucas returns to narrate another light-hearted retrospective poking fun at Britain's viewing habits in the 1970s. This time, he focuses on the world of comedy, unfettered as it was to the conventions of political correctness. A selection of clips from hit TV shows illustrate how, if viewers were not straight, white, middle-class men, they were at risk of being offended, and highlights examples from On the Buses, The Two Ronnies, Dave Allen at Large and The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club. Includes commentary and contributions by Melvyn Hayes, Eric Chappell, Bill Oddie, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Grace Dent, Nish Kumar, Ellie Taylor, Joel Dommett and Phil Wang.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Matt Lucas
Contributor Melvyn Hayes
Contributor Eric Chappell
Contributor Bill Oddie
Contributor Krishnan Guru-Murthy
Contributor Grace Dent
Contributor Nish Kumar
Contributor Ellie Taylor
Contributor Joel Dommett
Contributor Phil Wang
Executive Producer Toby Stevens
Executive Producer Deborah Sargeant
Series Producer Jo Scott
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