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5.0 out of 5 stars Shut up, you silly moo!, 7 Feb 2013
This review is from: Till Death Do Us Part - 1974 Series [DVD] [1965] (DVD)
This 2 disc set contains the complete 1974 series, including one episode sourced from a VHS tape - the only format in which it survives - plus some very tasty extras. There's the first ever episode, an extract from the Comedy Playhouse pilot, a Royal Variety performance, and an archive interview with writer Johnny Speight.

Till Death Us Do Part, of course, comes from a more sophisticated era when audiences were treated with respect as being intelligent enough to understand that a character like Alf Garnett isn't meant to be identified with, but to be loathed as the apallingly ignorant bigot he is, and laughed at, not with. This is lost on the ludicrous PC brigade, who wouldn't allow such brilliantly incisive writing as Speight's on our screens today, for fear of offending audiences who they clearly believe are lacking the understanding of the series' original viewers.

Alf's loud-mouthed rants against ethnic minorities, gay people, socialists, atheists, etc are utterly hilarious in their sheer lack of perception, and Warren Mitchell's portrayal of this walking incarnation of everything Speight found loathsome and repellent rams this point home to perfection.

The irony is that the series actually upholds the liberal viewpoint of the PC brigade - but with devastating, unflinching satire, instead of sanctimonious hypocrisy. And they're too damn thick to see the wood for the trees. Bloody silly moos.
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