Quote: Chappers @ 1st September 2016, 10:56 PM
I too felt that the "Theatre" type setting let it down plus I missed Alf's moustache. Also I didn't think the tone or Day's voice was right. Also the hair switch of the two younger characters was a bit weird.
I'd much rather have seen the original again.
I didn't spot the hair switch and weirdly didn't think about the moustache.
My main criticism of Day who I thought did well was that his volume was a bit too loud compared with the voices of the other characters.
In a way, some of these re-runs are a measure or a testing of attitudes in 2016 following the popularity of UKIP/Brexit and the loss of the Labour Party to many.
It is reasonably brave in that there is no way the BBC would have tackled remakes of this or Are You Being Served? a few years ago. I suppose it's playing with the idea of being Post Alternative and trying to shape it.
Clearly they have felt it easier to go into areas of male attitudes to women (and in a modern way the start of Our Ex-Wife was not dissimilar) and gay/camp stereotypes than into race.
I think I am right in saying that there is still a refusal to broadcast the original It Ain't Half Hot Mum which hopefully in time may be reviewed.
The five minute programme about Garnett after the programme was just right - probably necessary to set the context and not too long to dwell on it.
One of the funniest things was seeing Day in that programme almost saying that he sympathised with Alf before pausing and thinking of how to word what he was saying differently.
I was thrilled to see Trix Worrell in that programme having mentioned him only in the last few days and describing him as a bit mysterious.