April 12, 1977: “Power to the people!”

Citizen_Smith-1977Citizen Smith is a British television sitcom written by John Sullivan, which ran for four series from 1977 to 1980.

Citizen Smith starred Robert Lindsay as “Wolfie” Smith, a young Marxist “urban guerrilla” in Tooting, south London, who is attempting to emulate his hero Che Guevara. Wolfie is a reference to the Irish revolutionary Wolfe Tone who used the pseudonym Citizen Smith in order to evade capture by the British. Wolfie is the self-proclaimed leader of the revolutionary Tooting Popular Front (the TPF, merely a small bunch of his friends), the goals of which are “Power to the People” and “Freedom for Tooting”. In reality he is an unemployed slacker and petty criminal whose plans fall through due to apathy, ineptitude and inexperience.

The show included Mike Grady (Last Of The Summer Wine) as Ken, Cheryl Hall (married to Lindsay during the show’s run) as Wolfie’s girlfriend Shirley, Hilda Braid (Nana Moon in EastEnders) as Shirley’s mother, and George Sweeney as Anthony “Speed” King. [Wikipedia]

Citizen Smith on www.bbc.co.uk.

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