The BBC had some piece of toss on last night going over the tired subject of Whatever happened to the Real Man? It was the usual stuff, blaming Germaine Greer, David Beckham and Metrosexuals for all of society’s ills whilst missing the point that real men still exist- we’re the ones doing what we want without worrying whether we tick all of Loaded’s boxes.
However, the programme was worth it for the footage from classic 70’s British cop shows. The Sweeney (wikipedia) were there, as were The Professionals (wikipedia), but it was an introduction, for me, to the likes of Special Branch and Target, and a reminder to watch Get Carter (imdb) again.
So you don’t have to suffer through the silliness of Beefcake: A Very British Sex Symbol, here’s a list of manly stuff from the period.