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Friday, March 01, 2013

Living the good life in the 1970s with Richard Briers

Very sad news about the death of Richard Briers. This appreciation piece of mine appears in the New Statesman.

Peter Egan, who co-starred with Richard Briers in Ever Decreasing Circles, tweeted that he felt “devastated” by his friend’s death on 17 February. He’s not the only one.

It’s rare nowadays for deaths of public figures to trigger sincere feelings of loss and sadness by almost everyone; Briers’s death – like that of his fellow actor Clive Dunn last November –was one instance of this.

You can read the whole article here.


Anonymous said...

Great article. I think the situation is similar in the United States. A cable television station in Chicago airs mostly vintage television from the 1950s through the 1970s. The station (Me-TV) has gone national and, from what I understand, has very good ratings.

It is the only non-sports station I watch regularly these days, even though I wasn’t even alive when most of the programming originally aired.

Neil Clark said...

Many thanks John. Yes, some great US tv was produced from the 50s-70s. The Adam West Batman series, Bilko and some great mystery shows eg Ellery Queen with Jim Hutton.

Undergroundman said...

I seem to remember Neil, that I mentioned the decency of Richard Briers and his comments on how uncouth the contemporary generation is.

On another note, have you read anything by Oliver James. Affluenza and The Selfish Capitalist make points similar to the ones you have been making for some time too.

And he freely quotes pearls of wisdom from Erich Fromm.

All the Best