Communicator (communicator) wrote,

Bye bye Harry Starks

Last night was the fourth and final episode of 'The Long Firm'. The broad caricatures and the comedy of this episode work better in a TV show than in a novel.

In this section it is the 1970s, Harry Starks is in prison, and his ‘victim’ is an idiotic sub-Marxist sociology lecturer: references here to the whole academic/adultery genre of David Lodge and the rest of them. Starks effortlessly outmanoeuvres the sociologist, ‘How can you study Deviance Theory without reading Foucault?’, ‘Well, erm...'

Funniest line: ‘He said sociology wasn’t empirical so I nutted him.’

In the final section Starks escapes from prison, into early 80’s London. This is the London I lived in, and it was nostalgic experience for me.

Best line, right at the end. ‘Evil people can be sad too.’
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