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Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years

by Charlie Kimber
Issue No. 1734

Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years is the television adaptation of Sue Townsend's diaries of Adrian Mole. Adrian Mole is now 30 and working as a chef at Hoi Polloi, a restaurant catering for yuppies.

It is where Adrian briefly touched fame by serving a sheep's brain to John Prescott. The early episodes remind you of the 1997 election as Adrian's idol and would-be girlfriend, Dr Pandora Braithwaite, becomes a New Labour MP.

Adrian is a New Labour believer. In 2001 the celebrations at New Labour's election in 1997 have become comic, both ridiculous and painful.

It wasn't silly to say, as Adrian's mother does, that 'the air smells different' the day after the election. But that air now is so stale and polluted by New Labour's stench of corruption and sell-out that the original euphoria is sullied.

No wonder Adrian and his family are soon disillusioned. This is a funny and slyly subversive attack on the shallowness and self seeking at the heart of the whole New Labour project.

The character Archie Tait says New Labour is like cappuccino, a 'little bit of coffee and an awful lot of froth'. The skill of the programme is to make you wonder whether the coffee itself is the wrong blend.

Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years, Fridays, 9.30pm, BBC1

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Sat 10 Feb 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1734
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