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Jason O'Mahony


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Who loves ya: Re-runs of 1970s shows such as ‘Kojak’, starring Telly Savalas, offer a weird comfort during the lockdown

Who loves ya: Re-runs of 1970s shows such as ‘Kojak’, starring Telly Savalas, offer a weird comfort during the lockdown

Who loves ya: Re-runs of 1970s shows such as ‘Kojak’, starring Telly Savalas, offer a weird comfort during the lockdown

One of the more curious aspects of the Covid-19 crisis is that we are all going through it. Like a world war, it's a shared cultural and historical experience that we will all have our own unique reference points to, and when it passes - and it will - our culture will then come to terms with how we record it and indeed integrate it into our story.

Except in the United States, of course, where the Republicans and Fox News will try to do a Sandy Hook and pretend it either didn't happen or was somehow created by Barack Obama, but I digress.

Remember that it wasn't long, for example, before TV and movies were coming up with storylines about 9/11, and not just direct historical retelling. The much- under-rated NY fire department dramedy 'Rescue Me' was set in a post-9/11 fire station which had lost many of its crew on that terrible day, and the survivors found themselves acting as de facto wives and husbands to the families of their fallen comrades. 'Law & Order' featured stories of people who had used the events of 9/11 to disappear and reinvent themselves.