• Merry Christmas – Terry Gilliam style, circa 1968

    Merry Christmas – Terry Gilliam style, circa 1968

    This 1968 gem from a pre-Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ Terry Gilliam is what the internet was made for. In those early days, Gilliam was kicking around London, working as an animator. He was asked to put together an animated segment for a Christmas show, so he hopped over to the Tate and photocopied a bunch of Victorian Christmas […]

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  • The best of 2016 – The Luther Family and the Homicide Victim

    The best of 2016 – The Luther Family and the Homicide Victim

    While 2016 has not been particularly kind when it comes to those we have lost (David Bowie, Prince, Gene Wilder, Alan Rickman, Gary Shandling, Muhammed Ali and Robert Vaughn, to name a few), it has been a banner year from a telly standpoint. The year started off with the Sherlock one-off, “The Abominable Bride”, followed by the […]

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  • A bit of Miranda Hart greatness this holiday season begins Monday on Channel 4

    A bit of Miranda Hart greatness this holiday season begins Monday on Channel 4

    Miranda Hart may not be returning to Poplar this Christmas when Call the Midwife returns but she will definitely be on everyone’s radar this holiday season as the star of the self-titled, self-penned and semi-autobiographical sitcom, Miranda, joins forces with her dog, Peggy, to recreate some of television’s iconic moments from 2016 for Alan Carr’s 12 Stars of Christmas beginning […]

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  • With a new series in the works, Dawn French is ‘Delicious’ this Christmas

    With a new series in the works, Dawn French is ‘Delicious’ this Christmas

    Perhaps either taking a page from former husband Lenny Henry’s brilliant portrayal of culinary genius, Gareth Blackstock, in the comedy series, Chef, or remembering her portrayal of Geraldine Granger and her love of all things food-related in Vicar of Dibley, Dawn French has signed on for a new Sky1 comedy series, Delicious, premiering Christmas Day on Sky1. […]

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  • Andrew Sachs dies at age 86 – R.I.P. Manuel from ‘Fawlty Towers’

    Andrew Sachs dies at age 86 – R.I.P. Manuel from ‘Fawlty Towers’

    As the news broke early Thursday evening that Andrew Sachs had passed away at the age of 86 on November 23, I am at this moment officially done with 2016. Diagnosed with vascular dementia four years ago, Andrew was, by far, best known for his spot on portrayal of Manuel, the constantly confused waiter from Barcelona with a limited grasp of the English language and customs. […]

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  • Harry Enfield in ‘Who Does One Think One Is?’ is priceless

    Harry Enfield in ‘Who Does One Think One Is?’ is priceless

    Ordinarily, I’m not a big fan of sketch comedy shows as most episodes are more often than not like a roller coaster with up and down sketches. Not a bad thing but more my opinion as I realize not every sketch, whether it be from Saturday Night Live, Little Britain or even Monty Python’s Flying Circus, can knock it […]

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  • Step aside Parkers and Griswolds, it’s a Brockman family Christmas this year on BBC 1

    Step aside Parkers and Griswolds, it’s a Brockman family Christmas this year on BBC 1

    The Parkers were able to survive the holiday season despite Ralphie getting his ‘perfect Christmas wish’ of a Red Ryder BB gun. The Griswolds’ hopes of having a ‘good old-fashioned family Christmas’ would not be dashed despite having to deal with cousin Eddie and family. Ever wondered if and/or how the Brockman family would survive Christmas? Well, […]

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  • Valco comes out on top in Top Gear challenge as ‘Trollied’ returns

    Valco comes out on top in Top Gear challenge as ‘Trollied’ returns

    Normally, when the guys from Top Gear were issued a challenge, something gets destroyed. Series 21 of the long-running motoring show was no exception. In episode one from 2014, former series hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May drove their 1980’s hatchbacks around a specially designed course in the aisles of a supermarket, to see who […]

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  • ‘W1A’ set to begin filming on 3rd series

    ‘W1A’ set to begin filming on 3rd series

    Following the 2012 Olympics in London, Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) was a man without a purpose. As Head of Deliverance of the Olympic Deliverance Commission in Twenty Twelve, Fletcher’s herculean task was to organize the 2012 London Summer Olympics in the face of massive logistical difficulties, production errors, infrastructure problems and troublesome contributors. It was not long after […]

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  • Jimmy Fallon’s Mad Lib Theater with Benedict Cumberbatch

    Jimmy Fallon’s Mad Lib Theater with Benedict Cumberbatch

    It’s official. There is nothing Benedict Cumberbatch cannot do. After seeing the star of Sherlock and Doctor Strange this past week on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, I am convinced that the party word game, Mad Libs, was invented in 1953 by Leonard Stern and Roger Price with Benedict Cumberbatch in mind. Days ahead of his Saturday Night Live hosting gig last night, the Sherlock star […]

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