Found ‘lost’ Dad’s Army episode to have new life in animation

While we are just weeks away from the big screen film release of Dad’s Army on 5 February, starring Toby Jones, Bill Nighy and Michael Gambon, a ‘lost’ episode of the iconic British comedy series from the creative minds of Jimmy Perry and David Croft has been found and is being given a bit of a 21st […]

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Basil Fawlty enters the 21st century with tree branch in hand!

It has been (gulp!) just over four decades now since John Cleese (a.k.a. Basil Fawlty) last gave an automobile a ‘damn good thrashing’ for not starting. It was a cold October night in 1975 when Basil, in yet another attempt to climb the Torquay social ladder, left his friend Andres’ restaurant with duck in hand during […]

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by….John Cleese

Much like watching It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story or Tuna Christmas, one of my annual Christmas traditions is to listen to John Cleese’s adaptation of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Never mind that there have been endless readings over the years by the likes of Art Carney, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Perry Como, Dick Van Dyke and […]

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Freddie and Stuart to get ‘Vicious’ once again

Sirs Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, along with Frances De La Tour and Iwan Rheon, will return to their London Soho flat (a.k.a. London Studios) to tape a new episode of the comedy series, Vicious. According to the British Comedy Guide, the one-off special will follow what was, originally, the final episode of Series 2 […]

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R.I.P. Nicholas Smith, a.k.a. Grace Brothers’ Cuthbert Rumbold

The last surviving member of the original Are You Being Served? cast, Nicholas Smith, has died at the age of 81. Smith starred as Cuthbert Rumbold, the manager of the fictional Grace Brothers Department Store, having appeared in every episode from 1972 to 1985. Created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, the series was […]

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1979 – The year ‘Fawlty Towers’ crossed paths with ‘Not the Nine O’Clock News’

Not the Nine O’Clock News, the late 70s/early 80s television sketch comedy series designed as a comedic alternative to the Nine O’Clock News on BBC1, featured satirical sketches on current news stories and popular culture. Produced by John Lloyd (best known for his work on such comedy television programs as Spitting Image, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Blackadder and QI, Not the […]

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Is the world ready for a 19-year-old Hyacinth Bucket?

Is there no end to the brilliant comedy news coming out the UK? Already this week, in conjunction with their Landmark Sitcom Season which will celebrate 60 years of British Comedy on the Beeb in 2016, came the announcement concerning 21st century remakes of several classic British comedies including Porridge, Up Pompeii, Are You Being Served?, Good […]

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David Brent begins his ‘Life on the Road’

Ever the eternal dreamer, David Brent is still trying to launch a music career. A decade removed from his stint as manager of the Slough branch of Wernham Hogg Paper Merchants, Brent started a new career as a talent manager in the music industry, trying to help urban solo artist Dom Johnson, played by UK rapper […]

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Anyone up for a 21st century ‘Are You Being Served’, ‘Keeping Up Appearances’, ‘Up Pompeii’ and ‘Good Neighbors’!

On the heels of yesterdays announcement that the BBC is looking into reviving several classic British sitcoms, including the Ronnie Barker classic, Porridge, and the Michael Crawford’s Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, as part of their forthcoming Landmark Sitcom Season. Officials at the BBC announced that the series would mark 60 years since Hancock’s Half Hour transferred from radio […]

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Till Death Us Do Part’s Warren Mitchell dies at 89

Warren Mitchell, best known for his controversial role as Alf Garnett, a working-class bigot in the TV series Till Death Us Do Part, died early Saturday at the age of 89. Mitchell, who served in the Royal Air Force and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, jumped at the chance to portray the ‘likable bigot’. “The script […]

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