Dateline NYC (1964) – Britain invades U.S.

When I think of British television, I immediately think of classic comedy, drama, mystery and nature programming. But, you have to think of music also. Without question, the Brits have also had a history of creating some of the most influential music television for over 40 years with series like The Old Grey Whistle Test […]

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PBS stations discover Life on Mars in 2010!

From the producers of MI-5, comes Life on Mars, one of the most innovative programs in years and, yet, another brilliant British series that recently failed as an American re-make. Ok, sure we all hear voices from time to time, but DI Sam Tyler hears voices of the 21st century calling him back from solving […]

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Not the Messiah…Python style

Spamalot creator and original Monty Python member, Eric Idle, has once again put pen to paper for a one-night only ‘humorous oratorio’ based on The Life of Brian that will see its European premiere (and close) Friday, October 23 at Royal Albert Hall in London. Billed as being “like Handel only funnier”, Not the Messiah […]

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Funny Ladies of British Comedy II – Behind the Lens

Several years ago, PBS paid tribute to The Funny Ladies of British Comedy. Hosted by one of the grand dames of British comedy, Penelope Keith, the special featured classic clips from perennial favorites such as As Time Goes By, Keeping Up Appearances, Are You Being Served and Fawlty Towers along with insights from the likes of Dawn […]

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Red Dwarf returns – S10 in 2010?

On the heels of the much-anticipated arrival in America of Red Dwarf: Back to Earth comes a recent cryptic ‘tweet’ from actor Robert Llewellyn (Kryten). In less that 140 characters, Llewellyn reports that scripts for the 10th season of the series, to be written by Doug Naylor, have been commissioned and should begin filming sometime […]

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MI5 – 100 years in the making

If you are a fan of the BBC series, MI5, then this is the book for you. The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5 by Christopher Andrew is a must read. At just over 1000 pages, it’s a long read, but worth the effort. It’s more of a history lesson than it is […]

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Britcom marathon – behind the scenes from A-Z

A very belated, but very sincere thanks to all those that made this past weeks 35th Anniversary British Comedy Celebration a huge success. From staff, to crew, to volunteers, to all the fans of British comedy and KERA, you made (and continue to make) it all worthwhile. For those that joined us in the KERA studios until […]

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Be backstage tonight for Python reunion from NYC

No ticket to tonight’s invitation-only event at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York? Have a invitation, but flight cancelled so you can’t get there? Not to worry. Our friends over at IFC and Pythonline have spared no expense (they do this every 40 years) to make sure you are in the front row. In this case, you […]

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Red Dwarf 'Carbug' up for auction

If you’re in the mood for a slightly used one-of-a-kind auto that proudly boasts the ability to go from ‘naught-60’ in three weeks (Top Gear here we come) and does have a television credit, the customized 1999 Smart Car from the Red Dwarf: Back to Earth series goes up for auction on October 29. Good […]

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