LAST NIGHT'S VIEW: Giving up on life is a deadly Sin..
I DON'T know about you but I always thought sloth was the same thing as Jim Royle Syndrome.
Or as Len Green (Pete Postlethwaite) succinctly put it in The Sins (BBC1): "Sitting on your arse all day." But it seems it means a lot more than that.
Uncle Irwin (Frank Finlay) spelled it out when he accused Len of it. He described it as giving up on life - ceasing to live while you are still alive.
Len was guilty of doing just that when best friend Gilbert (Kenneth Cranham) committed suicide hours after his release from prison.
He was suffering from a wasting disease and could not face the prospect of ending up a hopeless hospital case.
He put a pistol in his mouth and blew his brains out. His death hit Len hard.
He kept getting nightmares and ended up wandering around graveyards with his head full of morbid thoughts.
He couldn't face working at the funeral parlour and quit his job.
When he returned to hand in his morning suit, widower Uncle Irwin, who lost his teenage son in a motorcycle accident, explained how precious life was and how important it was not to waste a second of it.
The crafty old devil certainly practised what he preached. He died shortly afterwards - making love to secret lover Matisse (Denise Black) over at the massage parlour.
That brought Len to his senses and the hugely enjoyable series to a close. If it did nothing else it proved you don't have to be a pin- up to make in on telly.
In one dream - or rather nightmare - sequence, Postlethwaite and Cranham, who were both at the back of the queue when good looks were being handed out, stood hooter to hooter in a shower cubicle. Luckily it was after the watershed.
LESBIAN trucker Frankie drove barmy barmaid Tricia to the register office for her marriage of convenience to Jason's Australian boyfriend Joe in Emmerdale (ITV). "What a gay day", as the late lamented Larry Grayson would say.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Dec 6, 2000|
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