Saturday, 10 December 2016
555 Comic Roots
First viewed : Uncertain
This was a series which asked comedians or comic acts to revisit their old neighbourhood and explain its influence on their humour.
I didn't see much of it but I remember the first one which had Les Dawson roaming the streets of Collyhurst. For those not familiar with Manchester's social geography it's not the best. The moment that stuck with me was when he was talking to this younger guy in the street about the Cissie and Ada double act with Roy Barraclough. The other guy said "That woman you do - it's me mam !" and I recall thinking it's to be hoped she's not watching this !
Not all the participants took the brief as conscientiously as Dawson. Alexei Sayle turned his episode into an extended rant at middle class values that left you having to guess what might have fuelled such virulent resentment.
The programme ran for two seasons with four episodes in each. It proved to be a useful schedule filler in subsequent years with repeats in 1984, 1987 and 1991. In fact I'm wondering if I saw the Dawson episode in 1987 as August 1982 does seem a little early.