Herself likes to watch "Call the midwife" of a Sunday evening.
It's a television series set in London in the Fifties and Sixties and is about a bunch of [you’ve guessed it already?] midwives as they go about their business.
I half watch it as a background noise as it is a fairly authentic and brings back happy memories of the Sixties.
Last night's episode was a classic though. I hung on every word, as from the outset I knew what was coming.
Naturally a lot of people smoke in the series, which is true to memory. However the first thing I noticed last night was that more people than usual were smoking, and the Good Doctor seemed to be aiming for about five packs a day. He starts to ponder the large number of people who seem to be dying of lung cancer as he chain smokes.
Well, by the holy, we got the lot.
Chap comes to surgery dying of lung cancer and refused chemotherapy as he doesn't want his [large] family see him linger into a horrible death. Pause while camera closes in to show him lighting up.
Son of Good Doctor [an obnoxious little cunt] reads in a medical magazine that cigarettes are linked to cancer. Doctor dismisses claim and lights yet another cigarette.
Cut to scene of chest clinic. Everyone is coughing their guts up. Everyone is smoking. Lingering shots of cigarette smoke, cigarettes being lit and of course the air is thick with smoke and coughing.
Good Doctor gets invited to autopsy. [I had been waiting for this one]. Good Doctor is shown Black Lung. Gasps in horror. Cigarettes did THAT? Close-ups of blackness and oozing nodules.
Doctor goes home vowing never to smoke again. Finds Obnoxious Son lighting up in bedroom. Doctor beats crap out of Obnoxious Son. Only ten minutes and already he's a Tobacco Nazi?
Happy scenes towards end. Good Doctor and his family are now all committed rabid anti-smokers [wife has swapped a two cigarette a day habit for a two tins of biscuits a day one]. Obnoxious Son is smirking as he never smoked and only let his dad catch him as a ruse to get Dad to quit the evil habit. He can look forward to a great career in ASH.
Lots of scenes of happy families. Not a cigarette in sight.
End of programme.
Herself lit a cigarette. I lit my pipe.
And all is right with the world.