June 6, 1966: Till Death Us Do Part

Till_Death_Us_Do_Part-1966Till Death Us Do Part is a British television sitcom that aired on BBC1 from 1965 to 1975. First airing as a Comedy Playhouse pilot on 22 July 1965, the show aired in seven series until 1975. Six years later in 1981, ITV continued the sitcom for 6 episodes, calling it Till Death…. From 1985 to 1992, the BBC produced a sequel, In Sickness and in Health.

Created by Johnny Speight, Till Death Us Do Part centred on the East End Garnett family, led by patriarch Alf Garnett (Warren Mitchell), a reactionary white working-class man who holds racist and anti-socialist views. His long-suffering wife Else was played by Dandy Nichols, and his daughter Rita by Una Stubbs. Rita’s husband Mike Rawlins (Anthony Booth) is a socialist layabout. The character Alf Garnett became a well-known character in British culture, and Mitchell played him on stage and television up until Speight’s death in 1998.

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Many episodes from the first three series are thought to no longer exist, having been wiped in the late 1960s and early ’70s as was the policy at the time.

Although Speight claimed he wrote the series to challenge racism, it was felt many people watched it because they agreed with Alf Garnett’s views. [Wikipedia]

Watch the first episode on the hunkidorey129 YouTube Channel.

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