Last week’s programme The Hairy Bikers’ Pubs That Built Britain focussing on the disappearing pubs of East London has come in from criticism from locals. Not only for the shabby way they were treated at the recording, which led to letter of complaint to the production company, but to the content of the programme itself which centred on a stereotypical picture of the East End, inevitably foregrounding the well worn story of the Krays.
A member of the Geezers commented: ‘I thought it was complete tosh apart from Ray’s bit. It was clichéd lazy journalism, like a Krays documentary, also got Jack The Ripper in…” let’s focus on things that everyone knows about unless you have amnesia! Sod all the other history there is!” A wonderful opportunity to talk about the disappearing boozers particularly in East End missed by a programme presented by two tossers who make Chuckle Brothers look like investigative journalists’.
Make your own mind up by watching the programme here.
Or if you can’t face all of it watch the best bit at 18 mins 40sec, the Geezers’ Ray Gipson in the Cardigan talking about the impact of the closure of local pubs on the social fabric of the area.