Robert Hampton

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8th June 2008

I paid Boris Johnson 20 quid and he said something much worse

It’s sometimes hard to explain to outsiders about the Liverpool psyche, but the first part of Alexei Sayle’s Liverpool did it quite well. Tossing aside whingeing Scouser stereotypes, it was an entertaining, occasionally unflattering but always thought-provoking look at a city that has faced some astonishing highs and lows over the last half-century or so.

Part 1 is available on the BBC iPlayer and is highly recommended. Parts 2 and 3 are broadcast on BBC2 this Friday and the next.

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2 Responses
  1. Comment by Seb
    8th June 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Yeah, I really enjoyed that, and didn’t know until it started that there was more than one episode – but I’ll definitely be watching the rest.

    I said to Rachel at the start, “You know, Scousers do have a tendency to take offence more readily, but I don’t think it’s ‘self-pity’, I think it’s just a reaction to the sheer volume of external criticism.” It was quite amusing to see Alexei say almost exactly the same thing towards the end…

  2. Comment by Robert
    14th June 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Did you see this week’s? Practically a love letter to the city — I kept waiting for the “On the other hand…” but it never arrived. 🙂