March 17th, 2008

breaking bad

The Curse of Steptoe

I have a feeling that BBC's new drama series on the troubled heroes of comedy will be well worth watching. Was there a light entertainer of the sixties who wasn't utterly screwed up?

The first episode is 'The Curse of Steptoe'. As you might know Wilford Brambell and Harry H Corbett were polar opposites in every respect from sexuality to personal hygiene, and couldn't bear each other. They are played by Phil 'Shake me up Judy' Davis - very similar looking to Brambell - and of all people Jason 'Lucius Malfoy' Isaacs as Corbett. Not a dead ringer physically, but he's got the old brooding Heathcliffian thing going on.

Further episodes will feature David Walliams as Frankie Howerd, Trevor Eve as Hughie Green, and Ken Stott as Tony Hancock. In all cases I think this is daring but exciting casting.

I am looking forward to this series. Not sure if it will be so gripping for those who weren't TV-viewers in Britain of the 1960s.