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In my day: We quiz actor Dan Gordon on the time of his life

Q. What was your decade?

A. The Seventies - when my Granny smoked Gallaher's No6 Plain untipped, had an outside toilet and a pot under the bed. We sat down to dinner as a family, and depending on what day it was, you always knew what you'd be having.

Q. What was life like?

A. Long hot summers off school. Kerbie and football in the street. Winter was snow, school plays, rugby, school dinners, bad hair and kissing girls.

Q. What were you listening too?

A. Queen, Marc Bolan, Elton John, ELO and Val Doonican.

Q. And the style?

A. Unkempt verging on dishevelled. My brother was a punk who wore a tea bag on an earring, toast round his neck and a dog collar (not a minister's one, a real dog collar).

Q. What has changed?

A. My underwear - much more frequently. Also people are much pushier, more outspoken and impatient, which is both good and bad.

Q. What was better back then?

A. The telly - we have too many channels nowadays, too much choice and not enough good programmes. Also communication is too good because of social media - folk open their mouths before engaging their brains - if they had to write a letter they'd never have said it…

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