Podcast 301: This is our Everest, Part Forty-Seven – Public Information Films

by | Jun 24, 2021

This week’s Everest sees Edward and Ian revisit a time when television was never explicit but nevertheless still fucking terrifying: the world of British Public Information films of the 1970s and 1980s. Their relentless efficacy is demonstrated early as Ian recalls exactly how the word SPLINK might save your life, before Les Gray, Kevin Keegan and Alvin Stardust step in with further handy hints.

The general utility of a 30-foot long metal pole as a children’s toy is considered, the dirty and disease-ridden European continent is thoroughly repudiated and your heroes are warned how to avoid gas explosions and IRA car bomb attacks. Then, in a scintillating finale, we decide once and for all whether not it is a good idea to give the time of day to strangers (spoiler alert: it isn’t). Why is all this stuff suddenly our fault? And why don’t they make a public information film about the real danger facing us all on a daily basis? Let’s find out.

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