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The Life & Times Of Alf Garnett

The Life & Times Of Alf Garnett

  • TV documentary
  • BBC One
  • 1997
  • 1 episode

Comedian Arthur Smith presents a documentary exploring the character of Alf Garnett and Till Death Us Do Part. Also features Johnny Speight, Janet Street-Porter, Una Stubbs, Anthony Booth, Warren Mitchell and more.

Key details

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
1997
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
1
Features
Johnny Speight, Janet Street-Porter, Una Stubbs, Anthony Booth, Warren Mitchell, Dennis Main Wilson, Michael Foot, Mary Whitehouse and more
Directors
Peter Higgins
Producers
Peter Higgins and Tony Moss
Company

Writer and comedian Arthur Smith presents a documentary exploring the character of Alf Garnett, who first appeared on British television screens in 1965 in Till Death Us Do Part and has been causing controversy ever since.

In Alf Garnett, writer Johnny Speight created a character who was both loved and loathed. As he pointed out generational conflict and political and racial tensions, some accused the show of blasphemy and incitement to racial hatred. Others praised it for satirising prejudice, while still others loved the character for his views.

This programme features news and entertainment footage from the sixties. classic clips from Till Death Us Do Part, and interviews with cast members Warren Mitchell, Una Stubbs and Tony Booth, writer Johnny Speight and committed opponent of the show, Mary Whitehouse.

Additional details

Also known as
  • What's It All About, Alfie? (Working title)
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 5th January 1997 at 8:50pm on BBC One
Episode length
40 minutes

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