A lot of people (myself included) tend to regard sitcoms as a sort of comfort food - this is why they enjoy such enduring popularity in syndication. Thank you, Lindseyman! If only you were alive and in power during the nineteenth century An intriguing interpretation. It's very obvious, watching that clip, how much that program owed to Doctor Who, though I think Almighty Janitor is probably too strong a term to describe either Mash or Harman. They're just foils to the sales staff. It appears that his hunger strike was precipitated by a broken campaign promise on the part of the Conservatives, who had pledged to create an exclusively Welsh-language service in 1979. So it depends on whether Whitelaw would be as amenable to that as Mrs Thatcher was (or at least pretended to be) IOTL. Isn't it amazing, the stories that parents come up with to tell their children when the truth is too complicated for them to wrap their heads around? Thank you, Daibhid! That reminds me of the jokes about the ever-rising number of blades on the razors - how many are they up to by now? Fortunately, that serial has been butterflied away ITTL. The hints that the setting might be Next Sunday A.D. ITTL are fewer, and farther between. Hard to believe the practice of numbering movie sequels only really got started in the 1970s; and so you have to play guessing games with franchises like Dirty Harry or Planet of the Apes. Even the original Star Wars movies, known in the 1980s by their titles, are today often (though not always) recalled by episode number. Reminds me of the old chestnut about how anybody in the late-19th century could have predicted the rise of the automobile - but it would take a real genius to have predicted urban sprawl and gridlock. For all that we've proven remarkably adaptable as a species, we sure seem to have trouble thinking outside the box. I wouldn't dare presume to attempt writing synopses for what has often been described as the greatest sitcom in the English language. Columbo followed a very similar progression to the one he did IOTL, due in large part to the chronological proximity of its debut to the POD. Not to mention MuppetVision. I'm sure Griffiths would play the Fifth Doctor in a manner deemed appropriate by the writers and producers of Doctor Who. --- If you've not yet voted for the Turtledoves, and you enjoy reading That Wacky Redhead, please consider voting for the timeline in the following categories: Best Continuing Cold War Period Timeline - Every vote counts, and I would very much appreciate your help in giving TWR a strong showing Best Continuing Character - Lucille Ball, That Wacky Redhead herself, is nominated! It would be a tremendous honour for her, and for myself, if she were to win this one.