Last night I watched a rerun of a old ‘play for today’ 1980s ‘the Blackstuff.
I remember it from the time and obviously the series it spawned “Boys from the Blackstuff”.
I remember it from young eyes, gritty realism portraying the futile struggle to better ones lot as a working man.
It was fuckin rubbish.
The stand out character is Yozzer Hughes a bully, a nutter, hates woman, and gets all his workmates the sack. Hes no working class hero hes peter Sutcliffe with a tash.
Champagne socialist creator Alan Bleasdale wrote a few things I saw as a youth,
Hes always bleating about the rich, the tories, hes a hypocrite. His kids Timothy &Tamana (good working class names) must be embarrassed by the daft old fucker?
Hes full of shite, gizza job Alan,
Do you pay the maid union rate?
Nominated by: Miserable Northern Cunt