Advent Calendar Day 11 offering – The Worm That Turned
I have never quite recovered from watching this wonderful surreal weirdness by the Two Ronnies as a boy in 1980. Partly I remember this because one of the props was my much loved Star Wars laser rifle sprayed silver …
In the year 2012, England is ruled by women, who wear the trousers. The controller of all is Diana Dors.
Men have been forced into frocks and the 1970s idea of women’s roles of housework, hairdressing and cleaning. Ronnies Barker and Corbett or ‘Betty’ and ‘Janet’ as they are known plan to escape the very punk leather clad or PVC 1970s State Police.
The role reversals must have been great fun for the Costume Department.
Watching this 1980 series again this year, almost 40 years later, it has lost none of its strangeness!
Some of the humour and jokes however may have dated. Its feminist credentials are possibly challenged by the occasional joke about effeminate men and any excuses for lingering camera views of the state police in hot pants.
The Worm That Turned – Here is a 1970s VBCW (Very British Civil War) type scenario to beat all others … and a great source of Imagi-Nations uniform ideas.
Worth watching again, even if it’s for a glimpse of the shops, high streets and supermarkets of late 1970s Britain, also seen in these behind the scenes shots posted by the Two Ronnies Appreciation Society.
And the YouTube link to all 8 episodes.
6 thoughts on “Man of TIN Advent Calendar Day 11 – Alternative 1979 VBCW with the Two Ronnies”
That is a blast from the past. I have vague memories of watching it at the time.
A feast of fictional fun and a slab of 70s nostalgia.
I’d forgotten this, seems like an age ago.
Looking at the shops and streets and cars, it takes you back a bit …
Dammit – I can see you’ve set me off and I’m going to have to watch all 8 episodes now. I remember it well. It’s interesting how their playing with the gender roles and expectations throws up all kinds of stuff, from the ridiculous to the ridiculous-that-it-was-once-thought-ridiculous. Ronnie Corbett, bless his soul, is so small that the women do literally rule over him!
I remember one of my teachers reading out sections of Mills and Boon books and Victorian classic novels with the gender words simply reversed. Surprisingly funny and revealing …
I almost saved this Two Ronnies post for #FEMbruary.
I’m sure there is a Pulp TV game figure range here!
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