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It Was Alright in the... 

It Was Alright in the 70s (original title)
Celebrities young and old look back on the television of past decades, a time before political correctness took hold and casual racism, sexism and homophobia was the order of the day.




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Series cast summary:
Matt Lucas ...  Narrator / ... 9 episodes, 2014-2016
Samira Ahmed Samira Ahmed ...  Herself 7 episodes, 2014-2015
Jenny Eclair Jenny Eclair ...  Herself 7 episodes, 2014-2015
David Aaronovitch David Aaronovitch ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2014-2016
Nathan Caton Nathan Caton ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2014-2015
Ben Clark ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2014-2015
Matthew Crosby ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2014-2015
Tom Parry ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2014-2015
Matthew Sweet Matthew Sweet ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2014-2015
Matt Forde Matt Forde ...  Himself 5 episodes, 2014-2015
David Morgan David Morgan ...  Himself 5 episodes, 2014-2015
Vikki Stone ...  Herself 5 episodes, 2014-2015
Mark Watson ...  Himself 5 episodes, 2014-2015
Ellie Taylor ...  Herself 5 episodes, 2015
Louis Barfe Louis Barfe ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2014-2015
Shappi Khorsandi ...  Herself 4 episodes, 2014-2015
Angela Barnes ...  Herself 4 episodes, 2015
Garry Bushell Garry Bushell ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2015
Julia Hartley-Brewer Julia Hartley-Brewer ...  Herself 4 episodes, 2015
Wayne Hemingway Wayne Hemingway ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2015
Chris Tarrant Chris Tarrant ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2015


Celebrities young and old look back on the television of past decades, a time before political correctness took hold and casual racism, sexism and homophobia was the order of the day.

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15 November 2014 (UK) See more »

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An unneeded exercise in political correctness
21 September 2016 | by sesarp101See all my reviews

A programme looking back at bizarre, embarrassing, shocking and, to some, offensive clips from the 70s could have been a hoot, if tackled the right way. Yes, the pc brigade will watch these clips and act offended (their main occupation in life), but this should have been about laughing at how different programmes were, how backward they were in some cases, without having a bunch of ultra-pc unfunny comedians making comments after every clip.

How ironic that Matt Lucas, who made his name out of a show that was ultra non-pc for its time (ultra camp gays everywhere, old women peeing randomly, or being sick when tasting food handed to them by a black guy) is the narrator. Shame on you Matt, Little Britain was great, but now you have just spoiled the memory by going all pc and pointing the finger at other people.

The most annoying thing about the show, other than the school teacher like, arrogant comments from some of the people looking back, is the fact that many of the clips are shown out of context. Indeed, you could take plenty of shows now, cut them up and make them look even worse. Is living in a stiflingly pc world a better world now? In some ways, yes, if it means people are treated better by others. But this show's main aim seems to be to point fingers squarely at white people, mainly men,(because of course, nobody else is ever sex, racist or homophobic, are they?) and blame them for stuff they didn't do, never mind all the good thing's they have been responsible for over the years.

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