Television: This Is The Network That Is

One of the best shows on BBC television is a situation comedy called Till Death Do Us Part. Its protagonist is a sort of Everyslob, an odiously vulgar xenophobe named Alf Garnett (played by Warren Mitchell). Every Monday night at 7:30, old Alf gets on and starts sputtering away. West Indian cricket players? "It's amazing how them sambos have picked this game up." The Labor government? "Right load of pansies, they are." Prince Philip? "Well, he's a different sort of Greek; he isn't one of your restaurant Greeks."

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