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Hilda Ogden taught us a thing or two about class division

If Hilda’s scenes had featured in Mike Leigh films or in Alan Bennett plays, the critics would have applauded the show’s insights into class. Soap operas were immensely popular but not always treated with the same respect as ‘serious’ drama

TV Review: Hebburn, BBC2

Hebburn, which began a second series on BBC2 last night, is a relic from a different era. Well, that's a bit unfair, but if you saw Vic Reeves's name on the cast list and assumed you were in for some proper comedy, Hebburn has been a disappointment. We should have looked closer. Whenever Vic Reeves is credited by his real name, Jim Moir, it usually signals his intention to put his feet up and fade into the background.

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