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Early Doors and the Working Class Idyll

Baker, Stephen (2013) Early Doors and the Working Class Idyll. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 10 (1). pp. 224-240. [Journal article]

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Abstract

This article offers an analysis of Early Doors, a situation comedy set in a dowdy Manchester pub where the downbeat regulars are badly out of step with the enterprising and modernising tendencies of contemporary Britain. With its sepia-tinged style and depiction of a white, working class surviving intact, Early Doors is not an obvious candidate for inclusion in a volume on radical television drama. But this article argues that The Grapes, the pub at the centre of the sitcom, represents a working-class idyll, where the virtues of welfare, solidarity and free time prevail. This might not make the comedy radical in any conventional sense, but in its eschewing of aggressive individualism, competition and joyless, endless and flexible labour, Early Doors is a small antidote to an era defined by austerity imposed from above.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Early Doors; working class; situation comedy.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Media, Film & Journalism
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Centre for Media Research
ID Code:24689
Deposited By: Dr Steve Baker
Deposited On:05 Feb 2013 10:24
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 11:10

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