I was looking forward to this documentary. 'It Ain't Half Hot, Mum' is a peculiar sitcom in that it was a very popular Croft production during its original screenings, both in Britain and abroad, but it has sort of disappeared afterwards. I don't know of any European channel that has rerun it in recent years, whereas Dad's Army, Are You Being Served, Allo, Allo or You Rang M'Lord can still be enjoyed regularly.
I presume that political correctness may play a part. The racism accusation is dealt with quite well in this documentary, but I was dismayed with the way Michael Bates was treated. This documentary succeeds in ignoring him for the first half of the show. A bit more insight into the character of Rangi might have proved to be a good defense against the racism accusation. Bates' portrayal of an Indian character may have caused the most criticism, but he performed the role lovingly and he was the first person mentioned in the credits. The story now was "We couldn't find an Indian actor, Michael could speak Urdu, so that was that." It is only fleetingly mentioned that Rangi often outsmarted the British.
The shows was also pretty badly researched. I can understand that the actors might get the timeline confused, but the researchers didn't bother to check facts. It is claimed that after Michael Bates' death, the show moved from the Deolali Camp to the jungle. In reality, the move occurred in the final year with Michael Bates (season 5). They show clips of the move to the jungle. Didn't they notice Michael Bates in them?
I wish somebody would write a definitive book/study/memoires of It Ain't Half Hot Mum.moreless