Currys are running a great competition for Father's Day, asking people to blog about their top five TV dads. Here are my choices:
#5. Albert Steptoe
'You dirty old man!' In the 1974 episode 'Porn Yesterday' Harold learns about his dad's secret past starring in low rate pornography.
But - For all his meddling, and interfering, and put downs, Steptoe really does care. Deep down. In his own mind he's discouraging Harold from trying so he won't be disappointed, and he's coming between Harold and girls who don't really care anything for him. And, of course, there's the infamous line in S5EP3 'Any Old Iron', after Harold starts copying his flamboyant new antique dealer friend's dress sense: 'Don't get on the bus looking like that, 'arold. The skinheads'll have yer!'
#4. Gomez Addams
#3. Graham Branagh
Robin likes to wear his cape to school...
In comparison Graham Branagh is completely ordinary, with a passion for fresh air, Kendal Mint cake, and scouting. None of this tallies in any way with Robin's interests in life: bats, blood, and vampires, and more than one occasion he does his best to show Robin the error his ways. (E.g. S1EP7 [If you haven't got over your obsessions with vampires] We've decided to send you to happy camp. It's where troubled children go and learn how to be happy. Through happy music and happy dance.) It never works but that never stops him standing up for Robin though, and doing his best for him and his other three children. Quote: (In response to Robin asking what that noise is) 'It's called singing, Robin. It's what people do when they're happy. I'm not confusing you with my complicated technical jargon, am I?'
#2. Sid Abbott
#1. Pop Larkin
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