I am currently turning my series of blog posts on The Young Ones and Thatcherism into a journal article and am trying to find an answer to the following question – did the left wing press in the UK (especially the CPGB’s Morning Star and Comment or the SWP’s Socialist Worker) feature any articles/reviews of ‘alternative comedy’ in the early-to-mid-1980s? While the British left did get enthusiastic about certain forms of popular youth culture during this period, I’m curious whether this extended to comedy. I’m particularly interested in finding out whether there were any reviews of The Young Ones when it was first aired.
If anyone has access to left wing publications from this period and can check for me, or if you have memories of the left covering the alternative comedy scene, please let me know. I will be eternally grateful.