"Hello, my darlings." The first television words I ever remember. Spoken by the pint-sized comic Charlie Drake. It could easily have been Captain Mainwaring's "stupid boy", courtesy of the immortal Arthur Lowe or something from Hylda Baker. And let's not forget that other Hilda, Coronation Street's Hilda Ogden – my nomination for the funniest performance on British television for 50 years.
Catchphrases and comics lit up my childhood and now the BBC is searching for the next generation of comedy artists. And the north is a great place to start looking. When we think of great, iconic comedic talent, a whole host of northern names immediately spring to mind. From classic entertainers such as Morecambe and Wise, Les Dawson, Russ Abbott and Cannon and Ball
I could say Tokyo Story, or It's a Wonderful Life, or Bicycle Thieves, all films that I rate, but which I have learned to rate as an adult. The one film that absolutely changed and informed me as a child, though, was Up the Junction, directed by Peter Collinson and based on an earlier TV version by Ken Loach. I saw it on telly on a Saturday afternoon when I was about nine. At the time, I didn't know it was going to be an important film but it has stayed with me for 40 years.
It's about a rich girl from the Chelsea set of the 60s, who decides to give that up and live in Battersea, a poorer part of London, where Dennis Waterman becomes her boyfriend. She cuts her Lulu-style hair and starts looking like the working-class girls.
I remember being fascinated by the class differences.
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