• Hyacinth a Dame? It could happen.

    Hyacinth a Dame? It could happen.

    The folks over at the “official” Keeping Up Appearances Forum have begun a petition to make Patricia Routledge a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. A Tony Award winning actress in 1968 for her performance in Darling of the Day on Broadway, Patricia received an OBE in 1993 for her […]

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  • A pre-Phantom British Christmas

    A pre-Phantom British Christmas

    The next installment in our countdown to the most classic British comedy Christmas celebration leads us into the 1970’s vault. Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em If you’ve ever wondered how one prepares for over 1300 performances as the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, look no further than a 70’s British comedy, Some Mothers Do […]

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  • It's holiday time w/ Ebenezer Blackadder

    It's holiday time w/ Ebenezer Blackadder

    In the days leading up to Christmas, we’ll review some classic scenes from your favorite Britcoms as they tackle the holiday season as only the British can. First up from the minds of Richard Curtis and Ben Elton: Blackadder’s Christmas Carol Nothing screams the holidays more than checking in with Ebenezer Blackadder. Or, perhaps, Robbie […]

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  • Top Ten Brit films of all time, part 2

    Top Ten Brit films of all time, part 2

    Must have been spot on with #6-10. No one has questioned anything yet. Maybe you’re waiting for #1-5 before letting me have it. Here goes: #5 – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels – this London underground film revolves around a high stakes card that, not surprisingly, goes wrong leaving the boys with a week […]

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  • Top Ten Brit films of all time, part 1

    Top Ten Brit films of all time, part 1

    Seeing The Third Man on TCM last night starting me thinking about my all-time favorite “Brit” film. Not sure what physically constitutes a British film. Is it one produced at a UK studio, one that has an all-Brit cast, or one set in the UK? Whatever it is, here’s what I came up with for […]

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  • Not the Nine O'Clock News – Daily Show of the 70's?

    Not the Nine O'Clock News – Daily Show of the 70's?

    From the British comedy vault Prior to the brilliance of Blackadder and Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson spent three years collaborating with Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones on Not the Nine O’Clock News, a sketch comedy show that premiered in the late ’70s. It was originally conceived as an “alternative” and aired at the same […]

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  • Happy 75th, Dame Dench

    Happy 75th, Dame Dench

    I don’t know about you, but there’s something about Dame Judi Dench turning 75 on Wednesday, December 9 and, simultaneously, the same week, being asked to appear in an upcoming Black Eyed Peas video that’s pretty darn cool. Seems as though after striking up a close friendship with singer Fergie during the filming of the […]

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  • Old Guys find home on PBS stations

    Old Guys find home on PBS stations

    Clive Swift (Richard from Keeping Up Appearances) and Roger Lloyd Pack (Owen in Vicar of Dibley) have teamed up for a new British comedy, The Old Guys, coming to public televison stations in 2010. Jane Asher plays Sally, the neighbor that definitely recognizes that both Roy and Tom are attracted to her and tends to […]

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  • From Doctor Who to Hamlet – all in a days work

    From Doctor Who to Hamlet – all in a days work

    In case you thought that David Tennant was sitting around idly after his run as the Tenth Doctor on the long-running science fiction series, Doctor Who, ended, think again. Tennant, earlier this year, ended a Stratford-Upon-Avon, then London, run of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet. If that wasn’t enough, Tennant reprised the role recently, […]

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  • Happy 79th, Ronnie Corbett

    Happy 79th, Ronnie Corbett

    Whether you’ve been enjoying British comedy for a number of years or have just discovered in recent years, Ronnie Corbett is a name that you need to be familiar with. Unfortunately, while Ronnie Barker (Open All Hours and Porridge) is no longer with us, Ronnie Corbett happily turns 79 on December 4. Ronnie Corbett first met […]

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