Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Messy house anger

Get Reading: Housing association workmen refuse to start work until householder tidies up a bit

OK, a lot. Normal for Whitley, the suburb that gave the world Ricky Gervais.

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Anonymous said...

I remember " Sunny Whitley " when I lived off the Whitley Road in Reading - Remember someone going on about her husband who worked for the council being asked Are you lost ? - He said er no !

Years ago they put this documentary programme on about the Watkins family from that estate , there were scores of complaints , I can vaguely remember Benny Hill doing a skit on called " That Family ! " however there were some that wanted to be adopted by the head matriarch too !

Anonymous said...

My apologies it was Whitley Street - it was such a long time ago and the family were the Wilkins not the Watkins .

I think I lived in Essex Street .

That programme was absolutely revolutionary in that time - the first fly on the wall " reality " docudrama . Mary Whitehouse wanted it banned .

Also I must point out that the Wilkins family lived over a greengrocers on a parade of shops ; I would surmise that all those properties were private . Whitley Street leads to the Estate ? .

There was a lot of hostility in Reading towards council tenants at the time i.e. " Scum from Calcot & Whitley " , " that club you moonlight in on London Road - full of council women " and in the South generally .

Once again my apologies to the extended Wilkins family .

Good article even if it is from the Daily Mail ! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1047125/The-Familys-Margaret-Wilkins-lady-reality-TV-dead.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/the-wilkinses-of-reading-where-are-they-now-1082290.html The Wilkins - Where are they now ? from 1999

" THE FAMILY documentary shown in 1974 broke new ground, revealing the Wilkins family of Reading in a way that no one had ever been seen on British television before.

In the 25 years since, the family has struggled to recover from the media frenzy that shattered their lives. Most have sought to regain their anonymity.

Margaret Wilkins, the fiery tempered mother, divorced her husband Terry three years after the programme was shown because of their inability to deal with his ill-health. "