Sitcoms and the politics of disillusion

The return, for a final season, of The Thick of It and news that Yes Minister is to be revived for the small screen might suggest that comedies about politics are back with a vengance.

However, the first new episode of The Thick of It, broadcast on BBC2, was watched by just over 1.5 million, less than a repeat of Dad’s Army shown earlier that Saturday evening; while Yes Minister is to be screened by the subscription channel Gold, so audiences are set to be smaller still.

There was a time however when politics was depicted in situation comedies about everyday life, ones shown at peak times and so watched by millions. In this post on my personal blog I highlight the role that politics played in some of them, including, most notably, Steptoe and Son.

Steven Fielding

One Response to “Sitcoms and the politics of disillusion”

  1. avmitchell2010
    September 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    These comedy programmes are themselves a cynical and therefore hostile view of the noble art of politics. Parties are disorganised hypocracy but the system wouldn’t work without them.Disillusionment grows because the country is a f*cked up failure. QED

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