British television station That’s TV has announced that it will air a long-running sitcom. Till Death Us Do PartAlso includes 4 episodes for the first time in half a century.
The popular comedy show revolves around big-mouthed clown Alf Garnett and his reactionary views.
It follows the constant quarrels between Garnet, played by the late Warren Mitchell, and his wife Elsie, played by Dandy Nichols, son-in-law Mike, played by Tony Booth, and daughter Rita, played by Una Stubbs.
Alf Garnett’s season begins on Sunday, September 4th at 9pm on That’s TV.
The network will show over 80 episodes of Till Death Us Do Part and its successor, sick or healthyincluding four “lost” episodes that have not aired since they disappeared from the archives in the late 1960s.
The two shows ran on BBC One for 40 years and produced 13 series between 1966 and 1992.
Mitchell won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his role as Garnet in 1967.
The show also made its creator, Johnny Speight, famous and won three Best Comedy Writer Awards from the Writers Guild.
However, the sitcom was considered controversial from the start, being one of the first BBC programs to feature the swear word “bloody” in the 1960s, and was broadcast 1,436 times in its first seven seasons.
Nevertheless, it was reportedly described by the Duke of Edinburgh as the Queen’s “favorite show”.
Chris Weiksall, Head of Programming for That’s TV, said: Till Death Us Do Part It attempted to challenge ignorance and prejudice, and in doing so became one of the most popular sitcoms in British history.
“Alf Garnett’s antics have provided impulse viewing for 40 years, and That’s TV is thrilled to have secured the rights to air all seasons of the show this fall.
“There are still a few episodes left from the 1960s, but they represent the astonishing social commentary of the time.
“These episodes hold a special place in the history of television and have the broader historical significance that Alf Garnett rallied against the changing attitudes of the 1960s.”
Source: Press Association