Jeremy Cor­byn Labour

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Han­cock was a comic ge­nius

What are your ear­li­est TV mem­o­ries?

We lived in a lit­tle vil­lage un­til 1956-1957. There was only one TV and I think the fam­ily wished they’d never got it be­cause all the chil­dren used to go round to watch it. My mother had a very strict rule that when we did have a TV it had to be switched off by 7.30pm to do our home­work. TV started at about 4.00pm back then, but she re­lented and let us watch [BBC sci-fi se­ries] Qu­ater­mass and the Pit – it was re­ally good. I also watched the World Cup fi­nal in 1966 on a black-and-white TV.

As a kid I liked watch­ing the po­lice drama se­ries Z-cars, set in Liver­pool. Di­rec­tor Ken Loach worked on it, al­though I didn’t know that un­til much later.

Do you watch any of the soaps?

I watch Easten­ders on catch-up. They have some bril­liant plot lines,

like the one re­cently when Denise had to visit a food bank for the first time – it was very mov­ing. I also en­joy Hol­lyoaks and Holby City.

What’s your all-time favourite TV show and why?

As a kid I en­joyed Han­cock’s Half Hour. Han­cock was a comic ge­nius. A lot of BBC4 doc­u­men­taries are ex­cel­lent, but there are too many Top of the Pops re­plays. His­to­rian Lucy Wors­ley is very good and I watch Monty Don some­times. I look at a bit of all the main news chan­nels. The fun­ni­est TV show was Monty Python’s Fly­ing Cir­cus.

Which po­lit­i­cal come­dies or dra­mas do you en­joy?

Yes, Min­is­ter is a Bri­tish clas­sic. I’ve seen some of House of Cards and en­joyed it – very grip­ping!

Would you fol­low ed Balls onto Strictly Come Danc­ing?

No – I don’t think any­one wants to see that!

So­cial­ist se­lec­tion: Easten­ders, Han­cock’s Half Hour and Monty Don Mod­er­ate mix: Spit­ting Im­age, Doc­tor Who

and Father Ted

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