Forget Lost & 24 – Think Ashes to Ashes

With all the talk centered around the final episode of Lost, Simon’s not on American Idol anymore, 24 is done after 9 seasons, you’d think television, as we know it, will cease to exist with the beginning of the 2010-2011 season. A couple of years ago, it was the end of The Sopranos and we […]

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British comedy scattershooting….

Lots of bits & bobs or odds & sods coming our way over the last couple of weeks concerning our favorite pastime, British television. Thought I’d go through a quick bit of scattershooting to give everyone updates on current series, answer some mailbag questions that have come in and impart some basic little known or […]

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Hyacinth to attend RHS Chelsea Flower Show

From the department of you may or may not know, London’s Chelsea Flower Show began Tuesday and will run through Saturday, 29 May. Dating back to anywhere between the mid-1800’s to early 1900’s depending on what is considered the “official” beginning, this is considered the hot ticket in the UK and around the world with over […]

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No more Father Ted, with or without Dermot Morgan

Echoing sentiments that he expressed to us several years ago during our interview for PBS’ Funny Blokes of British Comedy, Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Dougal) told a BBC Radio interview audience recently that writers, Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan, had already determined there would be no more Father Ted programs even before the sudden untimely death of […]

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Former Python, John Cleese, embarks on Alimony Tour

At 71, former Monty Python star, John Cleese, is showing no signs of slowing down. Frankly, he can’t afford to. His upcoming, appropriately titled, Alimony Tour kicks off in 2011 throughout the UK. Admitting that he would rather be reading books, writing or drinking, Cleese, with three exes as of this writing, might find it difficult to […]

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British comedy going downhill according to some

According to John Sullivan, creator and writer of the most popular British comedy of all-time, Only Fools and Horses, feels that today’s Britcoms rely on bad language for cheap laughs instead of quality writing. In this interview with the Telegraph, Sullivan says today’s comedies couldn’t hold a candle to the classics of yesteryear such as […]

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Even I can't make this one up….

Seems as though every couple of months we run across the ultimate British comedy collectable. If it wasn’t the Daleks from Doctor Who, it was a church featured in a past Doctor Who episode that was put up for sale. Now comes probably not the ultimate collectable, but perhaps the most oddly interesting collectable from […]

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Scorsese's long and winding road nearing an end with Harrison doc

With a resume that includes The Last Waltz (The Band), No Direction Home (Bob Dylan), The Blues and Shine a Light (The Rolling Stones) it’s no wonder that George Harrison’s widow, Olivia, turned to Scorsese to make the definitive rock anthology about the late Beatle. No one does rock & roll like Scorsese.  He explained recently, post […]

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Dawn French trades her collar for a night at the opera

Sunday night saw the return of Dawn French to London’s Royal Opera House stage in the role of La Duchesse de Crackentorp in “La Fille de la Regiment“. French, who originally played the part to rave reviews in 2007, doesn’t sing, speaks her lines in English (with French subtitles) yet still, according to early reviews, commands […]

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