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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Did anybody ever drink like they do in TV drama?

Watching the BBC's "Margaret" makes we wonder how come I've never been in a work context of any kind where somebody's said "you need a drink" and reached for a bottle of Scotch on a silver tray to pour me three fingers of Glenlivet into a crystal tumbler. Is this a dramatic device based on something that people used to do or is it, like people marching down a corridor pursued by aides answering questions, something that began life as a device and has now turned into something we think we should be doing as well?

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  1. DH: have you never worked in print office where some old hack pulled back his desk file draw and pulls out a pint of Bells?

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  2. Another totally unrealistic piece of drinking regularly seen (usually in the Rover's Return or the Queen Vic) is a bloke who takes a couple of swigs of beer, exchanges a few words with someone and says, "Must be going", and leaves an unfinished pint on the bar.

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  3. Not that it could be classified as 'drama' as such but as teenagers our favourite game was "Drink-along-a-Dallas. Yes that's right - everytime a Ewing had a drink we would too. As you can imagine - we got drunk rather quickly due to the fact a drink was consumed almost minute to minute. Amazing. The Ewings - shocking family. Such bad role models.

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