As Bob Dylan famously sang ‘The times they are a changing’ – it was a call of hope and optimism which echoed the giant strides the civil rights and equality movements were making.
It was a message that didn’t reach the BBC or large swathes of the British people because The Good Old Days was a hugely popular hour of escapism throughout the 1970s and 80s. I never quite understood why, at a time when there were three TV channels (Channel 4 didn’t arrive until the mid-80s), this show could eat an hour out of BBC One’s primetime schedule.
Yet, fast forward 30 years and here we are living through a week where the standing government has opted to impose a hard Brexit on the United Kingdom (Brexit means Brexit, after all. Even when it actually meant advisory referendum. But let’s not remoan about that!) and a misogynistic, megalomaniac fomenter is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
If it’s all getting a bit much for you, join Leonard Sachs as he presents the old-time music hall programme. Featuring Ron Moody, Teresa Brooke, Melanie Munro, Arthur Askey, Josef Locke and Aimi MacDonald. Oh, how I long for the good old days!
The Good Old Days – Friday 8.00pm on BBC Four