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Till Death Us Do Part. Image shows from L to R: Mike Rawlins (Anthony Booth), Alf Garnett (Warren Mitchell). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

Till Death Us Do Part

Opinionated Alf Garnett regularly reels off a string of misinformed, bigoted, reactionary opinions each week - his long-suffering wife Else mostly turns a deaf ear

Strand:
Comedy Playhouse
Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
1965 - 1975  (BBC One)
Episodes:
56 (pilot + 7 series)
Starring:
Warren Mitchell, Dandy Nichols, Una Stubbs, Anthony Booth, Alfie Bass, Patricia Hayes, Joan Sims
Writers:
Johnny Speight
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

Alf Garnett is a working-class bigot whose only loyalties are to the Queen, the Conservative Party and West Ham United FC. He is constantly at war with his "silly old moo" of a wife, his daughter and his son-in-law, the "Scouse git".

Our Review: Highly controversial ground-breaking comedy that was immediately popular with the general public. The comedy was derived from the politics of life and family with the ageing Alf forever in conflict with his son-in-law, Mike. Almost every subject was covered and the scripts were full of topical news stories that have, inevitably, dated the show.

It was not quite so popular with the "Clean-Up TV" brigade led by housewife and busy-body Mary Whitehouse, however, who took exception to the graphic language used by the characters. The effect of all the adverse campaigning by the moral minority caused writer Johnny Speight to temporarily abandon the show after the third series before reviving it in glorious colour for a 1970s audience.


Many thanks go to Mark Ward for his excellent book A Family At War, which was helpful for the synopses of the first three series, recording info and audience viewing data.