• Terry Jones diagnosed with rare form of dementia

    Terry Jones diagnosed with rare form of dementia

    Whatever you do today, take a moment and think a good thought for Terry Jones. The former ‘original Python’ member has been diagnosed with a rare primary progressive aphasia, which affects his ability to communicate. According to the National Aphasia Association primary progressive aphasia is a neurological syndrome in which language capabilities become slowly and progressively impaired. Sadly, […]

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  • Did the German version of Fawlty Towers ever ‘mention the war’?

    Did the German version of Fawlty Towers ever ‘mention the war’?

    As we celebrated the 41st anniversary this past week of Fawlty Towers, I thought it would fun to take a look back at how the greatest situation comedy of all-time made the leap to German broadcaster RTL. The first ever non-English adaptation of the John Cleese/Connie Booth bit of brilliance occurred in 2001 with a pilot set […]

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  • At 41, ‘Fawlty Towers’ is still the greatest sitcom of all-time

    At 41, ‘Fawlty Towers’ is still the greatest sitcom of all-time

    September 19, 1975 — a day that will live on in history as the day one of the most brilliant situation comedies of all-time debuted on the BBC. Born out of a seemingly uneventful trip to the Torquay Gleneagles Hotel by the original members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers is comedy greatness that has not seen its […]

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  • Closed temporarily, ‘Still Open All Hours’ set to re-open just in time for Christmas

    Closed temporarily, ‘Still Open All Hours’ set to re-open just in time for Christmas

    Still Open All Hours, the sequel to the iconic BBC sitcom Open All Hours, which originally ran from 1973 to 1985, will return later this year for a Christmas special one-off followed by a third series with a targeted transmission date of January 2017. Starring original OAH cast members, David Jason, Lynda Baron, Stephanie Cole and Maggie Ollerenshaw, Still Open All Hours is written by […]

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  • The Boys are Back! RDXI begins 22 Smegtember on Dave!

    The Boys are Back! RDXI begins 22 Smegtember on Dave!

    As most of us ‘smegheads’ are painfully aware, it’s been a long, long four years since we last visited with the boys aboard Red Dwarf, the mining vessel owned by the Jupiter Mining Corporation. It’s hard to believe but it was way back in October 2012 when Red Dwarf X graced the small screen with some brilliant […]

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  • ‘Young Hyacinth’ discusses who would be her ‘Young Richard’

    ‘Young Hyacinth’ discusses who would be her ‘Young Richard’

    Young Hyacinth premiered last week as part of the BBC’s Landmark Sitcom Season along with other ‘tip-of-the-hat’ specials including Goodnight Sweetheart, Porridge and Are You Being Served?. Having now had the opportunity to be able to screen all of them, I thought the Keeping Up Appearances prequel starring Kerry Howard worked exceptionally well. Even though the one-off was brilliantly written by […]

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  • “Motherland” shows promise amidst BBC’s ‘year of the reboot’

    “Motherland” shows promise amidst BBC’s ‘year of the reboot’

    Buried smack dab in the middle of the current sitcom reboot/remake/prequel overload comes a really promising new comedy pilot offering airing tonight at 10p on BBC2. Motherland, starring Anna Maxwell-Martin (Bletchley Circle, Death Comes to Pemberley, And Then There Were None), Lucy Punch (Doc Martin, Hot Fuzz), Diane Morgan (Mock the Week, Mount Pleasant) and Paul Ready […]

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