• 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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  • 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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  • A Fawlty holiday giveaway tonight

    A Fawlty holiday giveaway tonight

    Ok, Britcom people, just a reminder, midnight tonight is the deadline for entry into the Fawlty Towers giveaway. Answer the five trivia questions below and you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of two Fawlty Towers Remastered: The Complete Collection DVD sets or one Fawlty Towers: A Worshiper’s Companion book. Why not enter. If […]

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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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  • Johnny Depp, Dibley's newest resident?

    Johnny Depp, Dibley's newest resident?

    Ok, so it was 1999, but there was a Johnny Depp sighting in Dibley by Geraldine and Alice that, briefly, made them not think about Richard Armitage. Fortunately, however, it did make Geraldine forget about her encounters with Owen over the years too. No word for a couple of years now on the news that […]

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  • Keeping Up Appearances – Take 2

    Keeping Up Appearances – Take 2

    Why do I like this show even more now? And, why do I really want to go to the pub with Geoffrey Hughes (Onslow)…or even Patricia Routledge (Hyacinth)? It’s interesting to note that there are very few bloopers or outtakes floating around for Britcoms. In talking with a number of British actors and actresses over […]

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