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Date: 16th August 2014

BOOMERS – BBC 1 – Friday 15th August

I rarely watch anything on mainstream TV in the evenings, preferring repeats on BBC 3 and 4 and also on ITV 3. I’ve had it with all the Reality shows, make overs and fly on the wall documentaries on subjects in which I’m simply not interested.

However I decided to give “Boomers’ a go not least because I was once in a play with Stephanie Beecham at the Oxford Playhouse.

I haven’t laughed and laughed out loud so much for simply ages. The programme was an absolute delight - the cast superb,  and I can’t wait for the next offering.

I’m not sure if the programme would resonate with the young but it certainly will with anyone of the older generation. Although obviously magnified, all the situations could easily have been based on actual happenings and I found myself, not only laughing, but nodding in agreement.  What was especially relevant was one of the old timers with a very young and glamourous foreign wife who had obviously married him for his money - no fool like an old fool!

Another rarity is for me to buy any DVD’s these days but I’ll rush to the shops as soon as this series is released because I’m sure all the programmes will bear watching again and again and again. They have that same quality which made ‘Open All Hours’ and ‘Porridge’ so timeless.

The other lovely attribute to the programme was that it was so very funny without any foul language or coarseness – again a rarity these days. It seems to me that so many comedians, both male and female, rely on foul language and smut to get a laugh. (I find foul language out of a comedienne's mouth even less acceptable than from a man)

This programme was very cleverly constructed and even if it were ‘a shameless bid to appeal to the older viewer’ (DMWeekend) what on earth is wrong with that.

I was pleased to read the article about Alison Steadman in which she stated many of the facts which are obvious to so many of us. Television does seem to be slanted towards the young but at the weekend, and particularly on a Saturday night, they are out enjoying themselves and not watching TV. She also says that she thinks TV executives have conducted some surveys and come to realise that the majority of viewers are over 50. People in their 20’s are often out or tend to watch TV through catch-up services.

The writer is Richard Pinto who has, apparently, based the series on his own family. He has done a great job.


ADDENDUM - I've just been told by a friend that Boomers got some  poor reviews. I've just been on line to read them and most were very appreciative but they were written by folk who looked relatively mature.  The worst was from a young woman who looked about 15.  What does she know about life in general let along growing old.   Yes they were parodies but they really are based on real life - I know.

Anyway I'm already lining up the vino and the butterkist popcorn for tonight.  I rarely eat sweets but butterkist reminds me of the countless times Jonathan and I curled up on the sofa with our butterkist and a good video - usually of his choosing and usually quite bloodthirsty but I enjoyed our special moments.  Note that I say butterkist - i don't understand the people who buy those buckets in the cinema which are filled with what to me tastes like air popped blotting paper - It is tasteless apart from the salt and assails the nostrils of those of us unfortunate enough to be sitting next to a bucket holder.

ADDENDUM -   Oh dear - episode 2 was not nearly as amusing as number 1.  I got the feeling that there wasn't enough script to fill the half hour.  I will watch the next episodes but am rather disappointed.

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