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'...this is a superb study of writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' first two TV hits, The Likely Lads and Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?' - The Crack
Explores the social issues, humour and appeal of one of Britain's best-loved sitcomsSee all Product Description
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Here, Wickham undertakes a(n) (admittedly relatively high-level, but easily understandable) socio-political analysis of Clement and La Frenais' creation, specifically from the perspectives of the treatment of class and masculinity, as well as attempting to place the series within the context, and history, of British TV sitcom.Read more ›
And as such, it's a perfectly decent book... but the problem, maybe, in being such a reasonable and even-handed critique of the Likely Lads, is that I found myself agreeing with almost everything the book said, while it failed to offer any radical insights or stimulate any deeper understanding of the series. For the general fan (or for trainspotter-y background info), the Orion-published "Whatever Happened To..." is a better buy. And perhaps the serious academic treatise on the subject has yet to be written...