Wednesday, 26 April 2017
First viewed : 1984
This Granada comedy series was much discussed at the time but I only delved into the second series in a small way and probably had missed too much to fully get into it.
The series was a satire on the glut of Industrial Age -set class-based dramas in the late seventies with BBC One's When he Boat Comes In the most obvious target . In a star-making role, Timothy West was the ruthless and greedy self-made industrialist Bradley Hardacre who dominated the town. His most implacable opponent was militant Red Agnes Fleming ( Barbara Ewing ) who fired up the workers apart from her supinely deferential husband George ( Geoffrey Hinsliff ). The catch was that Bradley, married to aristocratic drunk Patience ( Caroline Blakiston ) , and Agnes were also lovers on the side.
One of the features that attracted most comment was Agnes's appearance, Ewing agreeing to a corset arrangement that pushed her boobs up unnaturally high and gave her a formidable cleavage.
There were two original seasons on ITV in 1982 and 1984 then a revival, with one or two cast changes, on Channel 4 in 1990.