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Warm Nostalgia, Bitter Reality
on 27 July 2015
Bought this when I had a fit of nostalgia. As a child of eight, my father and I used to watch this religiously. Pure laugh out loud moments, the characters had their traits, the situations were hillarious AND the jokes were memorable.
Two decades later, in a a nostalgic haze, I decided to buy the whole box set and the horror that took place watching the first few episodes was unavoidable. I trudged along through the second series, the characters I once found hillarious were now the most annoying bunch of misfits I had ever encountered. Normally I would have stopped then and there, but I decided to go ahead, surely the jokes and situations I found hillarious two decades previously might resurface. Instead, when the jokes and situations came it was excuruciating. The supporting characters were annoying, but Gordon Brittas bit the dust. Yes I remembered him as an annoying little s**t, but now he was the annoying man on earth. That Latin catchphrase, that annoying exceelllllent... After hearing them once to often I simply had enough. I tried series four, and it became worse. So bad that I stopped after two episodes and gave up.
I enjoy revisiting a few shows from my childhood. Most of them hold up and have become classics, but this really is the worst kept secret, the forgotten embrassement. A lot of shows such as One Foot In The Grave, Only Fools And Horses, The Detectives, Drop The Dead Donkey have found a home on small digital channels as fillers, but the Brittas Empire has disappeared entirely (I could be wrong obviously) and rightly so.