So I find myself in my boredom today - knowing I should start my psychology essay (still haven't chosen a question) - watching the classic 70's comedy Please, Sir!
. It's an ITV production (under London Weekend Television) and ran for 52 episodes between '68 - '72. Which may make you wonder why I - a child of the '90's - am watching it. Well, I used to watch the repeated episodes on Bravo with my dad, and got given the boxset for Christmas after I'd said how much I liked it.
The casting is - as with most of the older sitcoms - pretty well done. I kind of adore Joan Sanderson
as Doris Ewell, the strict but fair deputy-head teacher. She really fits the role so very perfectly. Having said that, the lead actor John Alderton
as Bernard "Privet" Hedges is also damn well cast, making use of his comedic talent to the full. Eric Chitty
as Smithy is just downright adorable. I wish I had these types of teachers back at school.
The story lines for the show are pretty simple, but play out well, creating a sweet kind of charm. This show is a great example of attitudes at the time actually, particuarly in relation to school, and continuing education. If I chose to look at education in History - something which, again, interests me - this show would be on my lists of examples. There's also episodes dealing with the ideas of racism and that the upcoming generation - the "kids" of the show - don't necessarily get the point of why their parents take issue the way they do. It's well put, and cleverly thought out. I really adore this show.
Actuallly, it's this show (with some early Grange Hill) that kind of lends to my fascination with the idea of writing something set in a secondary modern
. If I wanted it to be a period piece, though, I'd need to do a lot of research, and while that does hold some interest for me, I kind of like the idea of clashing the classic of the secondary moderns with the modern of technology. Eh, just one of those things I guess.
Also, over the past few weeks, I've been getting back into the Spider-Girl series. Spider-Girl is, in short, pretty damn awesome as well. My favourite characters so far are the title Spider-Girl herself, Mayday Parker - obviously - and Darkdevil/Reily Tyne
. I won't spoil the series but I will say this: if you didn't know certain pieces of information ... well ... there would be a lot of fic about those two.
Actually, little things like what I'm thinking of never stop the fic writers. Anyone actually know any Spider-Girl comm/where I could find fic. I'm interested in seeing what's out there.