Comrade Dad

This popped up on my feed last week, and it’s worth a watch. Comrade Dad was written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent (the creators of Sorry!), and starred George Cole and Barbara Ewing. After a well-received pilot in 1984, it ran for a series of seven episodes in the early months of 1986.

I think this first episode is rather good, with some nice world-building, and some great performances.

Maybe a few years ago this kind of satire would have seemed outmoded and outdated, but at the moment, it feels a bit too close to the nose for comfort really. Not least the blind allegiance to a flawed ideal.

Here’s an appearance of Cole’s on Aspel a couple of weeks before this series aired. There’s no mention of the BBC sitcom, unsurprisingly, although there’s an oblique reference to it by way of an anecdote.

https://youtu.be/nD6uQhAHSLw

Also interesting in that is the mention of the Bob Larbey play A Month Of Sundays.

Back to Comrade Dad. There’s lots of money on the screen, and the sets are appropriately bleak. I like the signs on the Tube train too.

Even if you are old or disabled, please give up this seat if a party member wants it.

Yeah, this is getting too real now.

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