Steptoe and son

The BBC intends re-commissioning several classic comedy shows of bygone eras, including: Steptoe and Son (1960/1970s), Till Death Us Do Part (1960s/1970s), Keeping Up Appearances (1990s), Hancock’s Half Hour (1950s), Up Pompeii! (1970s), Are You Being Served (1970s/1980s) and Porridge (1970s). First of all, a lot of so-called ‘classic’ comedy doesn’t travel well outside the eras in which they regularly received millions of viewers. Nor did any of the above series compete with the numbers of channels now available. ‘Volatile’ multiculturalism linked to political correctness means, a performer cannot be racist, sexist, irreverent or ‘negative’, so what is the point of resurrecting the BBC’s comedy past?


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