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Alan Bennett - A NIGHT IN.m4v
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ALAN BENNETT - A NIGHT IN WITH ALAN BENNETT
Originally Broadcast on BBC 2 05/07/1992
When they first appeared in British homes, Alan Bennett recalled, television sets were done up in heavy wooden disguises - pretending to be something less vulgar, such as gun cabinets. The old-style set might thus be thought of as a visual euphemism rather like the commode: 'Looks like a chair, actually it's a lavatory.' The playwright used this phrase as title for his introduction to "A Night In with Alan Bennett", a ploy which could itself be seen as an act of camouflage. It suggested something quaint and comfy, yet soon proved to be full of anger and personal barbs: looked like a chaise longue, actually it was an Iron Maiden.
Bennett's chief objects of rage in this program are the politicians who have the power to control and maybe wreck British television even though they look at its output with much the same frequency and enthusiasm they would grant the contents of a working commode. In Bennett's view, this is not merely cynical but amounts to treating the viewing public as a public convenience, and from a great height at that.
17 years after it's initial broadcast it rings worryingly close to the doomed future Mr. Bennett envisioned for British television - this is after all, pre "I'm A Celebrity..."
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