Your British comedy Tax Day survival kit

It’s Tax Day. You probably don’t need any reminders at this point. Whether you’ve finished and filed, still have a ways to go as the hours tick down or you’re on your way to the 24-hour post office to make sure that return is postmarked by 12 midnight, there’s always time for a little British […]

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Lenny returning to music and television?

Finally, in some non-related Lenny Henry/Dawn French news, word is that Lenny has his sights set on a return to the small screen with news that his BBC Radio 4 series, Rudy’s Rare Records, is being adapted for television. Music has always played a big part of Lenny’s television career beginning with his days as […]

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Hitchcock gives Psychoville enough Rope to….

This is just too good to not write about. If you’re in London on 23 April, I’m begging you. Please go and report back! From the twisted, but brilliant, minds of the creators of The League of Gentlemen comes an equally twisted black comedy, Psychoville. That’s not the story here. Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton have […]

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More from the Ladies of Letters, pt 3

Yet another note has arrived from the brilliant minds that pen the Ladies of Letters, the ITV series seen on a number of public television stations nationwide (Sundays at 11p on KERA in North Texas). Fortunately, in this last exchange, Lou Wakefield was able to finally remove the pen from Irene’s hand as she explains: […]

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Goodnight, Irene. More from the Ladies behind the letters, pt 2

More of our interview with the ladies behind the letters in Ladies of Letters, the hit ITV series now entering into its’ second season in the UK. We “sat down” through e-mail with the brains behind the pens, Lou Wakefield and Carole Hayman recently. Here, not only do we hear from them, but Irene gets […]

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Exclusive: The Ladies behind "the Letters", pt 1

As the story goes, on July 4, 1985, Irene and Vera were born in a handwritten letter left on a kitchen table in Clapham, south west London… While it would be easy to say the rest is history, it definitely wasn’t easy. What started out as a simple game of written improvisation from the brilliant minds […]

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Class = laughs in British comedy, according to BSA

According to a paper presented yesterday at The British Sociological Association entitled, The Cultural Currency of a ‘Good’ Sense of Humour: British Comedy and New Forms of Distinction, researchers believe that, “social hierarchy holds the key to what Britons find funny, with middle class audiences using their preferences as a form of veiled snobbery”. Class […]

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Happy 80th, Manuel!

OK, officially, Manuel may only be 35 years of age,  but Andrew Sachs, the actor who brilliantly portrayed the most famous waiter from Barcelona turns 80 today, Wednesday, April 7. Best known for his role as the hapless waiter, Manuel, in, perhaps the greatest British comedy of all-time, Fawlty Towers, Sachs has had, and still enjoys, a […]

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Hey, Doctor Who fans – welcome to the 21st Century

Seems a bit ironic that there are some Doctor Who fans out there that need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. Lighten up folks. Tom Baker is not the Doctor anymore. Seems as though much of the UK is in an uproar this week after the long-awaited premiere this past weekend […]

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