GRIMLEYS: AN EXPERT’S VIEW - This sitcom propels Claire Beale back to her days of flared trousers and Slade

As a Midlands girl who can certainly remember the 70s (purple knitted tank tops, flared jeans and a stack of Slade singles gingerly lined up on the Dansette), I was sure the Grimleys would be right up my estate.

As a Midlands girl who can certainly remember the 70s (purple

knitted tank tops, flared jeans and a stack of Slade singles gingerly

lined up on the Dansette), I was sure the Grimleys would be right up my

estate.



Set on a council estate in Dudley in 1975, the Grimleys is a pilot ITV

comedy about your average dysfunctional Blackcountry family. Darren

Grimley is the narrator of the piece, and introduces us to his nearest

and dearest: big bro’ Gordon, a tortured artiste and school spanner; dad

Baz the Bastard, who, off work with a bad back, has turned couch potato

with flatulence; mom Janet, mutton dressed as, well, mutton, whose

chores include vacuuming food off Baz’s beer belly, though even

vacuum-powered suction around the groin area can’t detect any life in

Baz’s pants; and gran, who sometimes smells of wee.



The Grimleys is a real period sitcom, full of references to 70s icons

close to the hearts of all thirtysomethings.



Give me a B, A, B A Y, B A Y C I T Y, Baycity Rollers. And remember

Butterscotch Angel Delight, the height of luxury puddings? But best was

the resurrection of Slade’s Noddy Holder, Darren’s music teacher, given

to secret renditions of Mama Weer All Crazee Now.



In fact, the cast was sterling, including Nigel Planer as Baz, Samantha

Janus as the English teacher and Jack Dee as the sort of sadistic PE

teacher found in schools across the country.



Although the plot was pretty slow-paced, there was more than a smack of

Adrian Mole and the Brummie accents were laid on a bit thick even for my

adjusted ears, this was a real treat, exactly the sort of thing ITV

should be doing to pull in thirtysomething light viewers like me.



I hope this makes it to a full series and that, if it does, they manage

to hang on to the full cast (particularly old Noddy). I’d definitely

recommend it to yaaw.



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