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Looking Closely at Bennetts use of Dramatic Action and the Words Doris Uses Say What Ideas and Feelings You Had When Watching A Cream Cracker Under The Settee A Cream Cracker under the Settee is at first glance a simple story about a dotty old lady who is scared of being moved into a home But upon closer inspection clever layers of meaning dramatic devices and symbols begin to emerge Talking Heads was first broadcast on British television in 1989 and won vast amounts of awards including the 1989 Hawthornden Prize and a BAFTA for Thora Hird It has since been credited with being revolutionary and changing the course of British comedy for the better Up until that point British comedy had produced some legendary shows such as Morecombe and Wise which consisted of short sketches filling a half hour slot and was so popular that it ran from the 50s through to the 70s and Monty Pythons Flying Circus who managed to produce four feature length films And Now For Something Completely Different The Holy Grail Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life Comedy sitcoms were also very popular with shows like The Young Ones Its a Good Life and A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy all attracting large audiences But it was in the 80s that comedy finally took off There was the emergence of one of the first topical comedy shows in the form of Not the 9 Oclock News And in 1989 came Talking Heads which was also a topical comedy show but not in the sense that we are used to today Alan Bennett apparently refused to deal with normal upper-class people instead preferring to write about the ordinary people in todays world This is shown clearly in Talking Heads as he writes about an alcoholic vicars wife in Among the Lentils and a large breasted actress who gets her stage parts through her cup size rather than
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