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Switching on to a new generation gap

As YouTube and Netflix replace the telly, we're losing a set of shared references between age groups

30 August 2014

9:00 AM

30 August 2014

9:00 AM

I was recently talking to an intelligent 24-year-old Cambridge graduate. The conversation turned to TV comedy, and I mentioned Vic Reeves. The graduate had never heard of him. Nor had she heard of Bob Mortimer. This would have surprised me, but it’s happening a lot. Not Vic’n’Bob specifically — anyone who was on TV more than five minutes ago.

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Mark Mason is the author of The Importance of Being Trivial and of quizzes at several London pubs including the Prince of Wales, Highgate.

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