Hughie and Wilf

When Rachel Cooke writes, in her latest Television review (Arts & Culture, 14 April), "Who cares now about Wilfrid Brambell . . . or about Hughie Green?" she betrays not only her youth, but her deep lack of appreciation of how powerful a part of British culture these characters were.

This is not about sentimentality, it's about cultural history. There was a time, when I was growing up, when television was not fragmented - and Steptoe and Son, as well as the light entertainment of Green's programmes in family sitting rooms across the land, were a hugely important part of the culture. I have no connection with the programme-makers; this is an honest view from someone who lived during that extraordinary period of television.

Rosie Brocklehurst

St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex

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This article first appeared in the 21 April 2008 issue of the New Statesman, Food crisis