Ladies of Letters – Civilized cattiness at it's finest

Aptly described in the British press as “Talking Heads meets Keeping Up Appearances“, the highly successful BBC Radio 4 series, Ladies of Letters, recently made the always dangerous leap to television. Thanks, in large part, to the wonderful acting talents of Maureen Lipman (Irene Spencer) and Anne Reid (Vera Small) , Letters takes the long-running […]

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Posh Nosh – Extraordinary food for ordinary people

Only in recent years, has the British culinary scene risen like the sun over the English Channel. The Fat Duck in Bray, county of Berkshire, was named the best restaurant in the UK and the second best restaurant in the world in 2008. (FYI, their 2009 food issues have been resolved and they’ve returned to […]

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Happy 70th, Mr. Cleese

What better way to celebrate John Cleese’s 70th birthday than with a look back at, perhaps, the two most classic clips from the greatest British comedy of all time. I will admit, however, that I’m feeling the same way about hearing John Cleese turned 70 on October 27 as I did when seeing the 25th […]

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The Kitty Monologues – Hyacinth B4 Hyacinth

Taking a somewhat 180 degree turn on the “where are they now” concept, I thought fans of Patricia Routledge and Hyacinth Bucket would enjoy a “what did they do before” moment with this pre-Keeping Up Appearances character from the Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV series that aired on the BBC in the mid-80’s. Recorded […]

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Funny Ladies of British Comedy II – Behind the Lens

Several years ago, PBS paid tribute to The Funny Ladies of British Comedy. Hosted by one of the grand dames of British comedy, Penelope Keith, the special featured classic clips from perennial favorites such as As Time Goes By, Keeping Up Appearances, Are You Being Served and Fawlty Towers along with insights from the likes of Dawn […]

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Red Dwarf returns – S10 in 2010?

On the heels of the much-anticipated arrival in America of Red Dwarf: Back to Earth comes a recent cryptic ‘tweet’ from actor Robert Llewellyn (Kryten). In less that 140 characters, Llewellyn reports that scripts for the 10th season of the series, to be written by Doug Naylor, have been commissioned and should begin filming sometime […]

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Britcom marathon – behind the scenes from A-Z

A very belated, but very sincere thanks to all those that made this past weeks 35th Anniversary British Comedy Celebration a huge success. From staff, to crew, to volunteers, to all the fans of British comedy and KERA, you made (and continue to make) it all worthwhile. For those that joined us in the KERA studios until […]

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Be backstage tonight for Python reunion from NYC

No ticket to tonight’s invitation-only event at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York? Have a invitation, but flight cancelled so you can’t get there? Not to worry. Our friends over at IFC and Pythonline have spared no expense (they do this every 40 years) to make sure you are in the front row. In this case, you […]

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Know Hyacinth as well as Snoop Dog does? The KUA Trivia Challenge

Think you know Hyacinth and KUA as well as one of the show’s most recent self-confessed fan? If so, it’s time to test your knowledge of one of the most loved British comedy characters of all time, Hyacinth Bucket (It’s Bouquet…..). Answer the 20 questions below and E-MAIL your answers to tellyspotting@kera.org. Because 21st century trivia […]

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Red Dwarf 'Carbug' up for auction

If you’re in the mood for a slightly used one-of-a-kind auto that proudly boasts the ability to go from ‘naught-60’ in three weeks (Top Gear here we come) and does have a television credit, the customized 1999 Smart Car from the Red Dwarf: Back to Earth series goes up for auction on October 29. Good […]

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