• From the vault: AbFab B4 AbFab

    From the vault: AbFab B4 AbFab

    In the early days of French and Saunders, the comedy duo created a sketch that would later become the sensational Absolutely Fabulous. This pre-Vicar role for Dawn French had her playing the daughter to Saunders’ mother character. Saunders later developed the idea for the BBC series back in 1992 and the rest is history. While the […]

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  • Only Fools and Horses prequel set to air

    Only Fools and Horses prequel set to air

    In a recent interview with the Telegraph, Only Fools and Horses creator/writer, John Sullivan, had some harsh words for the state of British comedy today. As creator of what has to be the most popular British comedy in the UK of all-time, Only Fools and Horses, which starred Nicholas Lyndhurst and David Jason, he has a […]

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  • Birthday salute to two Britcom giants – Richard Briers and Frank Thornton

    Birthday salute to two Britcom giants – Richard Briers and Frank Thornton

    Raise a collective glass wherever you are today and tomorrow and toast two of the great comedy icons that have graced the small screen for years on public television as they celebrate birthdays today, January 14, and tomorrow, January 15. Richard Briers (January 14) Better known to public television British comedy fans as both Tom […]

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  • Carol Cleveland, the 7th Python

    Carol Cleveland, the 7th Python

    When one thinks of the British comedy that started it all, Monty Python, the names of John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle immediately come to mind. That said, one cannot overlook the contributions of Carol Cleveland, who appeared in 30 of the 45 Python episodes. While Connie Booth, of […]

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  • Can a show jump the shark before it premieres?

    Can a show jump the shark before it premieres?

    The term “jumping the shark” has become synonymous with a point in the life of a television program or series where the plot spins off into a totally ridiculous scenario. It could be something as simple as having a wedding between two unlikely characters, having the main character miraculously kidnapped by their previously unknown evil […]

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  • Gervais hosts Golden Globes, looks back at The Office

    Gervais hosts Golden Globes, looks back at The Office

    The genius of Ricky Gervais will again take centerstage Sunday, January 17th as he hosts the 67th Golden Globe Awards. Personally, I can’t wait, especially after seeing the recent 60 Minutes interview with Gervais. That’s not all for Gervais and he continues his assault on America. In February, the co-creator, co-writer of The Office brings […]

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  • Red Dwarf Smeg-Ups & Kumars at No.42

    Red Dwarf Smeg-Ups & Kumars at No.42

    While it looks so easy when the final product hits the air, seeing some of the behind-the-scenes footage always gives me just a little more insight into the importance that overall cast chemistry plays in the collective success of Britcoms. Without trying to throw their American counterparts under the bus, it seems as though British […]

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  • Monty Python inadvertently causes Pub evacuation

    Monty Python inadvertently causes Pub evacuation

    Ok, I know this happened some time back, but it’s just too good to let go by. Seems as though a pub is East London was evacuated in early 2009 and a bomb disposal unit was called in to investigate a suspicious looking object in the corner of the pub. As reported in the London […]

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  • Happy 55 – Rowan Atkinson

    Happy 55 – Rowan Atkinson

    Rowan Atkinson turns 55 today. From this end, all we can do is wish him a Happy Birthday. He’s given us the gift of laughter over the years beginning with Not the Nine O’Clock News, then Blackadder, Mr. Bean and, finally, The Thin Blue Line. Stops along the way for specials like Bernard and the […]

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