Friday, November 20, 2015

A Working Class Tory departs

Sad to hear actor Warren Mitchell has died. I seem to have a recall that he visited Australia once or twice and he, the real person, seemed like quite a nice bloke. He was a terrific actor who played the terrible Tory voting, sponger off society, working class racist Alf Garnett. It is hard to pick a clip from what is available on You Tube. I had forgotten about his carer Marigold. I want a clip that has him making a political rant, some racism and homophobia, and including his wife and carer. This is a too bigger ask.

The show had various forms and different names. I remember it as 'Till Death do us Part'. This scene has a Spike Milligan as the van driver. The clip is 3.11




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  1. Andrew interesting video

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    1. Gosia, with all respect, the nuances might be hard for a non native English speaker to understand.

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  2. Is it just me, or is letting the tyres down counter productive? Difficult to move a vehicle with only flat tyres.
    Vale Warren Mitchell, with thanks for the laughter.

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    1. EC, I feel so stupid for not thinking of that.

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  3. It was a programme we all watched. The funny thing, of course, was that his son-in-law on the show was Tony Booth who in real life was the father of Cherie Blair.

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    1. Marie, I kind of remember the son in law. What interesting information. I remember Cherie did something that made me not like her, not Tony's fault though, meaning her father, not her husband.

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  4. Ahhhh thankfully he wasn't working class or Tory or bigoted himself. Mitchell was a great bloke, socialist, loved his family and committed to good causes. He must have loved Australia as well... he was here very often!

    Rest in peace Warren

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    1. Hels, when my brain files away someone, he went to the good side. Thanks for reminding me why.

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  5. I remember the show, it was so funny at the time.
    Sad that Warren has died he was a funny man.
    Merle............

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    1. Merle, his anger at the world was funny, kind of.

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  6. I heard Warren Mitchell had died, I think he was 81. I remember the show well, it was one of our favourites.

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    1. River, do you remember even slightly cringing at what he said, even at the time so many years ago.

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  7. Oh I didn't know he had passed to over the other side....his character in that show was priceless and he played it so very well. Always looked forward to Till do us Part....wouldn't get away with it today.

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    1. Sorry that you cop it Margaret, because so many say such things and these couching phrases really annoy me. While he may have passed over to the other side, to save our fingers, didn't he just die? How polite must we be?

      Quite so, nothing like that could be made today, but it wasn't as bad as Love Thy Neighbour.

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    2. Another hilarious show which we never missed.

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  8. They were the days when we used to laugh at this stuff, RIP Mr Mitchell.

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    1. Diane, I am not sure if I am over complicating the character, but he really seemed to struggle with the modern world. I have some empathy with that.

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  9. Trouble is there 'are' people like the character he played.
    If I remember correctly he actually moved here to live. He was on morning tv talking about his move and how much he loved the country. Said he was going to live in Sydney. Does that count ??

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    1. Cathy, I forget where you were born in the UK, but certainly in the north of England there is very much people like that in these days. They have their reasons with some justification. It is very unlikely that I watched morning tv, yet I seem to remember that interview.

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  10. Some fancy footwork there :) It was kind of funny in a politically incorrect sort of way :)

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    1. Grace, and that is all there was, with not a blow struck. Silly old men.

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  11. Looks a bit like All in the Family, an American show of long ago, featured an ignorant racist head of household.

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    1. Strayer, Archie Bunker. Who could forget him. I think it was a copy of the English one and was really successful. Remember Edith's whiny voice.

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