During the documentary, Dyer examines Pinter’s childhood as a young Jewish boy living in London’s East End during the 1930s, surrounded by Nazi sentiments and the black shirts of Oswald Mosley.
This environment helped inspire Pinter to become an anti-fascist activist, who regularly joined marches and protests.
It was a segment on the Battle of Cable Street – the clash between the Metropolitan Police, Mosley’s British Union of Fascists, and anti-fascist protesters on October 4, 1936 – that particularly caught the attention of viewers.
“My East End was full of love,” Dyer began, “but it looks like young Harold lived in hate.”
He continued, “Everyone here knows about the Cable Street riot in 1936, when Oswald Mosley and his black shirts – not a boyband, but a bunch of fascist slags – came down the street.
Dyer then showed a photo of Mosley, calling him a “fade.”
He explained that “we the inhabitants of the East will not defend terrorism”.
“Everyone got together and they gave the Nazis a good kick,” he said.
After the clip was shared on social media, Dyer’s name started trending on Twitter, as fans asked him to be commissioned as a host for future documentaries.
“Petition for someone to commission a documentary on the stories of the working class presented by Danny Dyer,” tweeted one viewer.
“Danny Dyer calling Oswald Mosley a meltdown is something I didn’t know I’d always wanted to see,” said another.
Danny Dyer sur Harold Pinter received largely positive reviews from critics.