Gogglebox: The Avengers

It probably won’t surprise you to learn I spent a lot of time watching TV as a child. Since it was the only way to keep me quiet, the telly became a surrogate babysitter for me. Bearing in mind that channels in the 1960s didn’t generally start transmitting until...

Gogglebox: Kung Fu

For most of my time at secondary school, I wrote stories to entertain classmates. In the main, they were parodies (not that I knew what a parody was back then) of existing movies and TV series. Very often, though, they’d include versions of real people we all knew....

Gogglebox: A Man Barely Alive?

One Sunday evening in 1973, I managed to persuade my mum to let me watch a TV movie. I say persuaded because it was school the next morning and, I suspect like most households at that time, Sunday night in particular was a night for making sure you were ready for the...

Gogglebox: The Sweeney

In the early 1970s, I didn’t even know Cockney rhyming slang was a thing. By 1975, I was much more familiar with it, and that’s down to one TV series: The Sweeney. Then again, apart from learning that Sweeney Todd rhymed with Flying Squad, along with the rest of the...