35 years ago today...

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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Re: 35 years ago today...

Postby Rayge » 09 Nov 2017, 13:55

The Modernist wrote:Still I'll give an episode a go later ( although there's no way I'm watching all 20 episodes again!) and see what I think.


There are only 12 episodes, as with Fawlty Towers.
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Postby Rayge » 09 Nov 2017, 13:58

Goat Boy wrote:They would be a few hundred probably

Maybe I just nagged my folks long enough so they coughed up


Expensive to buy, but cheap to rent. I got my first one about 1981 or so
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Re: 35 years ago today...

Postby The Modernist » 09 Nov 2017, 14:06

I don't remember when my family got one, but early 90s would have been late, I think most people did have them by then. I do remember sharing a house in the late 80s and renting videos, they were already commonplace by then. Can't remember now who the video player belonged to.

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Re: 35 years ago today...

Postby Goat Boy » 09 Nov 2017, 14:09

They must have been reasonably common. There was rental shop at the end of my street and the corner shop had 'em as well.

This was in a council house area so it wasn't exactly middle class
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Re: 35 years ago today...

Postby The Modernist » 09 Nov 2017, 14:09

Thinking about it some more I'd say they started to come in on a mass level (most people had them) from 85 to 86.

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Re: 35 years ago today...

Postby Goat Boy » 09 Nov 2017, 14:11

Thank God for that.

I was starting to think we were crypto middle class.

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Re: 35 years ago today...

Postby Rayge » 09 Nov 2017, 14:13

I checked and I rented my first (PHILIPS V2000, still the best format 30 years after it discontinued) in 1980. I was far from the first among the people I knew to rent one.
And anybody calling me middle class back then would have got very short shrift.
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Re: 35 years ago today...

Postby The Modernist » 09 Nov 2017, 14:20

The whole 'video nasty' media led moral panic lead to the Video Recordings Act of 1984. The moral panic wouldn't have happened in the first place had video ownership just been confined to a few wealthy people.
As I remember it, it happened much like the internet. You get a few early adopters and you hear about it in whispered tones for a few years, and then, suddenly, within about a year, nearly everyone has it.

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Re: 35 years ago today...

Postby The Modernist » 09 Nov 2017, 14:32

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If you want to call something 'dated' that these clowns were involved in, I suggest you watch one of those dreadful Comic Strip Presents... episodes. One or two still raise a smile (was it Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door?) but mainly they're actually quite painful to watch.


See I really disagree with that. Some of the comic strip was brilliant, wildly popular and quotable amongst me and my mates at the time. The ones I have fondest memories of were - The Yob, Strike! and A Fistful of Travellers Cheques. I would agree they were hugely variable in quality though, bizarrely so, really, given they were constructed by the same writing team (although this did seem to vary somewhat).
They do seem to have been semi-forgotten in some ways, perhaps because they've rarely been repeated.

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Re: 35 years ago today...

Postby Fonz » 09 Nov 2017, 14:50

The Modernist wrote:
Carla Breakthrough-Lark wrote:
If you want to call something 'dated' that these clowns were involved in, I suggest you watch one of those dreadful Comic Strip Presents... episodes. One or two still raise a smile (was it Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door?) but mainly they're actually quite painful to watch.


See I really disagree with that. Some of the comic strip was brilliant, wildly popular and quotable amongst me and my mates at the time. The ones I have fondest memories of were - The Yob, Strike! and A Fistful of Travellers Cheques. I would agree they were hugely variable in quality though, bizarrely so, really, given they were constructed by the same writing team (although this did seem to vary somewhat).
They do seem to have been semi-forgotten in some ways, perhaps because they've rarely been repeated.


I really enjoyed the 'Five Go Mad...' ones as well.
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Re: 35 years ago today...

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That Enid Blyton pisstake was woeful - more revealing of them than the original author.
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Re: 35 years ago today...

Postby The Modernist » 09 Nov 2017, 15:19

No, I liked the five go mad..although I think they got better later on.

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Re: 35 years ago today...

Postby Belle Lettre » 09 Nov 2017, 15:24

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Re: 35 years ago today...

Postby Pansy Puff » 09 Nov 2017, 15:39

Moddy mentions the best ones: Yob, The Strike (which is amazing) and Fistful of Traveller's Cheques all stand up now. I also love Bad News and Didn't You Kill My Brother?
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Re: 35 years ago today...

Postby Pansy Puff » 09 Nov 2017, 15:41

Still brilliant of course... "Swotting away for teacher, like a total spazmo!"
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Re: 35 years ago today...

Postby The Modernist » 09 Nov 2017, 15:43

The Yob was brilliant: "the director's just asked for a plate of whelks".

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Re: 35 years ago today...

Postby The Modernist » 09 Nov 2017, 15:45

I'd also put in a mention for The Beat Generation and Supergrass.

It was much better than The Young Ones in fact.