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    Alf Garnett returns to the BBC as corporation announces remakes of seven classic sitcoms

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      Alf Garnett returns to the BBC as corporation announces remakes of seven classic sitcoms

      Alf Garnett returns to the BBC as corporation announces remakes of seven classic sitcoms - Telegraph
      Landmark classic comedy season will feature new versions of Till Death Us Do Part, Steptoe and Son, Hancock’s Half Hour, Porridge, Up Pompeii, Are You Being Served? and Keeping Up Appearances

      To modern audiences, his views on women, gays and ethnic minorities may appear wildly out of date, but the BBC is to bring back Alf Garnett, one of the most controversial comedy characters in the corporation’s history.

      The broadcaster will announce today that it has commissioned a remake of Till Death Us Do Part, the sitcom that ran throughout the 1960s and 1970s, as well as new recordings of Steptoe and Son and Hancock’s Half Hour.

      The one-off specials, which will form part of a landmark classic comedy season, will be based on scripts from lost episodes of programmes that have either been wiped, or have disappeared from the corporation’s archives.

      The broadcaster has not yet confirmed casting for two of the shows, but Kevin McNally, who starred in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, will play Tony Hancock, while Robin Sebastian, who has played Kenneth Williams in a number of theatre productions, will reprise the role as Hancock’s on-screen sidekick.


      The new recording of Till Death Us Do Part, which famously featured the late Warren Mitchell as the show’s angry protagonist, will be a remake of a 1967 episode, with the provocative title, “A woman’s place is in the home”.

      In what will be seen as a controversial move, the BBC says it will record the script unchanged, including Garnett’s vitriolic rants against his wife Else, who goes to the cinema and accidentally burns his dinner. It will include his angry declaration that “her place is here, looking after my dinner”, as well as his references to his “scouse git” son-in-law, and a description of a woman as a “saucy little b----“.


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      Re: Alf Garnett returns to the BBC as corporation announces remakes of seven classic sitcoms

      Just glad I lived in a time when I could enjoy classic comedy in the 60s, 70s and some in the 80s as they were intended.
      Wish they would stop all these remakes, having watched the bore recently that was the Dads Army remake, its was just a waste of time and effort.
      Do wonder if it says more about the quality of the classics that they can no longer think of anything new that really works and have to resort to remakes and using celebratory anniversaries as an excuse to support doing them.

      As for any new comedy today, well I would just call it all as foul language, non funny and badly written. That includes all those stand-ups.
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      Re: Alf Garnett returns to the BBC as corporation announces remakes of seven classic sitcoms

      They will never EVER remake it like the old days, some people today will just drop one in their pants if they come out with stuff like Alf Garnett did back then but.........

      I still think they should bring back love thy neighbour, fantastic

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      Re: Alf Garnett returns to the BBC as corporation announces remakes of seven classic sitcoms

      They were brilliant.

      Alf was always made to look the fool. He never won an argument.

      I bet they ruin it.

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      Re: Alf Garnett returns to the BBC as corporation announces remakes of seven classic sitcoms

      If it's PC, and to be funny it cannot be, then it's a waste of time. Can't even say scouse git without someone somewhere getting upset.
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