An episode of Nairn's Journeys, presented by posh architecture critic Ian Nairn, came north to West Yorkshire to assess the two town centres.
We're sure his commentary was well received in the late 1970s, but in 2015 his dry assessment sounds more like stand-up comedy — although he does say some nice things about Huddersfield and Halifax.
He sums up his findings as a football result — with Halifax winning 5-2! He said: "Halifax has expressed itself and Huddersfield hasn't."
We've picked out a few of the funniest, poshest, most interesting quotes — watch the video and see what you make of his criticisms!
On Huddersfield town centre
"Thank god for the hills at the end, that's all that redeems it."
"After this Huddersfield falls off into first mills and then moors."
"The end of the long yawn."
"You could get what's left of the Cloth Hall back here."
"It's just dead straight."
On the new market hall
"A marvellously human place... really the opposite of most shopping centres."
On Huddersfield Town Hall
"Flat and saying nothing, it's the Huddersfield disease almost."
But - "Inside there's a marvellous bit of architecture."
On the houses
"If you have got a view as splendid as this, please don't build houses like those over there to look at it. Huddersfield has to look at you and the site isn't very nice!"
"Halifax is one of the most dramatic town sites anywhere in Britain."
"The first sight of Halifax looks something like a recent bit of bomb damage."
On Halifax train station
On Halifax Congregational Church (after fire damage)
"It's like Armageddon in here!"
On the Piece Hall
[Halifax's] "greatest Georgian building"
On the Halifax Building Society headquarters
"For most people Halifax is the Halifax Building Society. They say it's the biggest in the world and I wouldn't disbelieve them."
"A place like Halifax needs monuments desperately. The city of London has got too many, and not enough little streets. Halifax needs a twentieth century equivalent of the Piece Hall."
"It just edges into view, saying 'Hello Halifax, I'm here!"
"I don't think myself it came off but it was worth trying."
On Halifax market
"England has got a long history of these cast iron market halls but this is surely one of the best."
On Halifax high street
"It still seems to have much more energy than Huddersfield."
"At the end there's something to look at, not just empty space and nothingness."
On Halifax Town Hall
"It's rather a naughty silhouette."
Halifax's old power station — and the leaning tower
"It just gave a little tilt then settled there."
"One wishes they would leave that there as the Leaning Tower of Halifax."
What do you make of Ian Nairn's verdicts on Huddersfield and Halifax? Comment below!