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A New Hope

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OPINION: Husband-and-wife comedians and commentators Jeremy Elwood and Michele A'Court give their views.

Jeremy Elwood

It's easy to make fun of "Star Wars Day" – May the 4th for the uninitiated, geddit? – as a slightly forced, cheesy excuse for people obsessed with a fictional universe to dress up, re-watch old films and play with toys. But that universe, and the wider one of sci-fi and fantasy fandom, is a force (ahem) to be reckoned with.

As Avengers: Endgame heads towards becoming the biggest movie of all time, a record it may well only hold until Star Wars Episode IX hits cinemas later this year, it's time to admit it. The nerds have won.

I'm one of them. I grew up on Star Wars. I somehow believe that Star Wars was the first movie I ever saw in a cinema, which is unlikely, as it was released when I was 2 years old. It's more likely that I saw Return Of The Jedi, but by then I was totally immersed in the saga. I had the toys, the bedspread, the soundtrack, the read-along books. I say "had" – I still "have" much of that stuff, to Michele's despair.

* I might not believe in God, but I believe in love
* Michele A'Court: I lie awake and worry about Trump world
* Israel Folau: Fire, fires, fired


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