Dave Allen: God’s Own Comedian, BBC2, 9pm
Posted by celticman on Mon, 29 Apr 2013
I used to watch Dave Allen at Large with my family. It was one of the few shows my Da liked. There was a checklist of things he liked. One of them was being Irish. Check. One of them was being Catholic. Check. Another of them was being Irish and Catholic. Check-check. It also helped that Dave Allen looked a bit like his best mate McBride with the coal-black hair and a subversive attitude to authority. It was all well and good to mock the church, just as long as you weren’t one of them blue-noses. Like most shows Dave Allen wasn’t very funny. It was hit and miss. But we accepted that. We wanted him to be funny in the same way others wanted Morecambe and Wise to be funny. They weren’t. Or Benny Hill to be funny. Da didn’t like Benny Hill. He was crude. Dave Allen was suggestive, but never crude. And he was funny-sometimes. Benny Hill was never funny. It was interesting watching him in action again. I laughed at some of his gags. He seemed a thoroughly decent and nice man. May his God go with him.