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Citizen Smith. Image shows from L to R: Ken (Mike Grady), Wolfie Smith (Robert Lindsay), Tucker (Tony Millan), Speed (George Sweeney). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Citizen Smith

Wolfie Smith leads South London's premier Marxist revolutionary movement - the Tooting Popular Front. Membership: 6

Strand:
Comedy Special
AKA:
Comedy Special: Citizen Smith
Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
1977 - 1980  (BBC One)
Episodes:
30 (pilot + 4 series)
Starring:
Robert Lindsay, Cheryl Hall, Mike Grady, Hilda Braid, Anthony Millan, Peter Vaughan, Stephen Greif, George Sweeney, Tony Steedman, Bill Ward, Dana Michie
Writers:
John Sullivan
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

Wolfie Smith leads South London's premier Marxist revolutionary movement - the Tooting Popular Front. Aided by his best friends Ken, Speed, and Tucker (and also on occasion by girlfriend Shirley), his constant battle against the establishment, democracy, capitalism, and much of modern society in general fails at every turn. Of course, unlike successful revolutionaries, Wolfie is more than slightly work-shy.

Our Review: Although perhaps a little underrated and forgotten today, those who remember Citizen Smith continue to do so incredibly fondly.

Whilst some of the show's subjects - particularly in the political detail - are not quite as applicable in 2014 as they were in 1977, and numerous cultural and social references fall equally flat, many of Citizen Smith's core themes and subjects do still ring true; be they the idealism of youth, young love, or some of the meatier, broader political aspects covered in the series.