Scenes of domestic bliss, chez Liddle

25 April 2013

10:57 AM

25 April 2013

10:57 AM

I was sitting on the stoop with a cigarette after dinner while my wife browsed the television channels to see if there was anything we might want to watch. Eventually she called out:

‘There’s Treblinka: Death Camp Survivors. Or The Vicar of Dibley. Up to you – I can’t decide.’

I just thought I’d share that domestic moment with you.

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  • roger

    The years 1969 to 1983 when I had no growing children and no TV were ones of bliss, it was when they got to age 6 and pestered me into getting a TV life seemed more sordid than before. A good radio , Leak troughline , lets you do things and still keep up with news and music — lose the TV.
    One can also have great fun with the pests from Capita licensing at your front door. Do the forms still not offer you the option of ‘no TV ‘ for why you don’t have a TV license.

  • DougS

    Nice place you’ve got there Rod.

    I particularly like the antimacassars – might need a new radiogram though!

  • Eddie

    Your wife was lying.
    There was actually a brilliant programme on the other side called ‘How my seventeen stone legs exploded’.
    Actually, maybe it was Dawn French again? (Missed it, I’m afraid – I was watching drama box sets and naughtiness like everyone else)

  • Richard Brown

    I like that little, not Liddle, little, blonde bird, though. She can mash my potatos any day of the week.

  • FrankS

    Not allowed to smoke in the house, then, Rod?

  • no name

    Time to buy a Harley-Davidson.

  • kidmugsy

    The Vicar of Dibley is always worth a watch just to enjoy the fact that every member of the cast is a bit of a comic genius, except the lead.

  • Austin Barry

    It’s an extremely uncharitable thought, but am I the only one to wish that Dawn French had been reduced to soap?

    • faster foster

      Hear, hear to that.

  • biggestaspidistra

    that plant could do with a bit of water, when you’re on your feet again.

  • Balloon_Boy

    One is a massively depressing program that will lead you to question your faith in mankind. The other is a story about Holocaust survivors.

    • rodliddle

      very good!

  • C Cole

    What, no BBC Four documentary about the history of the national grid? For shame.

  • Hexhamgeezer

    Chez Geezer. Mrs – something like Hotel Babylon or Waterloo Rd, Me Big Ships or Undiscovered Hattusha – compromise = Come Dine with Me or Masterchef.

    • Robert Taggart

      UGH !

  • Mr Creosote

    Sitting on the stoop with a fag…now there’s an image.

  • Denzil Blair

    I love you Rod. That is all.

  • DougS

    Rod: get Sky TV and open up a new world of choice.

    The usual disclaimers about being a Sky shill.

    As to the question, it’s a no-brainer – give me ‘Treblinka Death Camp Survivors’ over ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ any day!

    • rodliddle

      I’ve GOT Sky.

      • David Davis

        Oh, you poor man. Isn’t it all just footie and awful movies that nobody likes?

  • Robert Taggart

    One forgets what else was on that night, but, one remembers they clashed with more interesting / stimulating viewing on BBC 2 or 4 ?
    As for you RoddyL – no action between the sheets anymore ?!

    • A J Brenchley

      That’s a domestic moment he’d rather keep to himself. You must be a bon voyeur, as Mrs Slocombe called it.

      • Robert Taggart

        Bon Viveur, but, not with Mrs Liddel !

  • sir_graphus

    She was lying; there was a decent footie match to watch and she didn’t tell you. That’s what happens in my house, anyway.