It gives the finger to a society which was only just beginning to be dominated by hypocritical political correctness, and in that respect was way ahead of its time, paving the way for Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson (who at the time were just tea boys on Harry's programme), Matt Lucas and David Walliams (Little Britain, directed by me old mukka Matt Lipsey), David Mitchell and Robert Webb (Peep Show), and last but of course not least, Stephen Merchant and his assistant, Ricky Gervais. And is it a coincidence that four years after the show, a bank called Egg was actually formed? I think not. Harry Enfield is a visionary and deserves a knighthood in my opinion.
The character of George Whitebread is a sexist, racist, homophobic pillock but somehow you've got to love him for standing up to media people who are so far up their own arse they can see the sun shining into their gobs.
He announces himself by declaring: "Ah say what ah like and ah like what AH BLOODY WELL SAY!"
And of course he enunciates what could possibly be the most immortal line in comedy history:
"Don't talk to me about sophisticayshun, luv, ah've BEEN ta Leeds!"
"Sheffield's not proper Yorkshire! It's almost in't bloody Midlands!" Yes, he says what he likes and he likes what he bloody well says! He also says "Fancy a shag, luv?" and "Can yer write? Oh, she's a clever lass, in't she?" and of course "Go and make a cup of tea, there's a good girl."
Ooooh I love him :)
pps To those of you waiting for my blog entry about my musical history - I'm on a techy forum being advised by some lovely boffins regarding transferring Video 8 to digital as I want to put some footage of a Venus Tree gig onto YouTube. It looks like it might involve my aquiring new software and all sorts of shenanegans so be patient!
EDIT: Brian has just told me about a Python sketch I've never previously seen and lo and behold it's on YouTube.
This is one of the funniest pieces of subversive comedy I've ever seen. The working class father is a successful playwrite living in Hampstead, whilst his educated son has moved to Barnsley to become a coal miner.
It's amazing that this sketch isn't more well known, it is sheer class. The father, played by Graham Chapman, admonishing his son, played by Eric Idle:
"Hampstead wasn't good enough for you, you had to ponce off to Barnsley, you and yer coal mining friends!"
And the mother, played by Terry Jones, pleading for understanding once the father starts to lose it:
"You know what he's like after a few novels."
Miss this at your peril!