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Should Be On The National Curriculum
on 11 January 2011
Okay, let's be brutal - this is never going to challenge 'The Godfather' for Best Movie Of The Seventies. Actually, it may not make it into a Seventies' Top 100... even if we stipulate a 'Must Include At Least One Soft-Focus, Dewy-Eyed Shot Of Tyneside' clause in the selection criteria. But there's something bleakly compelling that arises from the pathos and despair of the lads' encroaching mid-life crises that makes The Likely Lads withstand many, many repeat viewings.
More than that, though, it's a time capsule allowing viewers of a certain age, a certain social class and a certain geographical disposition ('north of Watf**d') a wincingly nostalgic wallow in everything that was simultaneously glorious and godawful about mid-70's Britain. Today's under-16's should be made to watch it on a perpetual loop until they reject their iPhones in disgust and all start trading pithy quips in broad Geordie. "This is what used to pass for entertainment," we'll tell them, "before Ant and Dec went and ruined everything forever."
They'll thank us eventually.