Terry Jones diagnosed with rare form of dementia

Whatever you do today, take a moment and think a good thought for Terry Jones. The former ‘original Python’ member has been diagnosed with a rare primary progressive aphasia, which affects his ability to communicate. According to the National Aphasia Association primary progressive aphasia is a neurological syndrome in which language capabilities become slowly and progressively impaired. Sadly, […]

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Did the German version of Fawlty Towers ever ‘mention the war’?

As we celebrated the 41st anniversary this past week of Fawlty Towers, I thought it would fun to take a look back at how the greatest situation comedy of all-time made the leap to German broadcaster RTL. The first ever non-English adaptation of the John Cleese/Connie Booth bit of brilliance occurred in 2001 with a pilot set […]

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In a world where science is outlawed, ‘Red Dwarf XI’ set for premiere tonight on Dave

As Fawlty Towers celebrated it’s 4th decade this past week, Red Dwarf, the little ‘red’ engine that could, keeps churning out episodes beginning tonight when RDXI returns with six new episodes on Dave. What started in 1987 as a simple low-budget sitcom set in deep space will celebrate 30 years next year with the release of the next set of […]

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BBC’s ‘Lost Sitcom Season’ yields ‘Hancocks Half Hour’ gem

It’s fitting that the series which originally laid the groundwork for the current 60th celebration of the BBC sitcom,  turned out to be a gem of a find in a lost Hancock’s Half Hour script. It was 1956 when one of the most popular shows in the UK made the unheard of scary leap from radio to television, […]

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The Boys are Back! RDXI begins 22 Smegtember on Dave!

As most of us ‘smegheads’ are painfully aware, it’s been a long, long four years since we last visited with the boys aboard Red Dwarf, the mining vessel owned by the Jupiter Mining Corporation. It’s hard to believe but it was way back in October 2012 when Red Dwarf X graced the small screen with some brilliant […]

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“Motherland” shows promise amidst BBC’s ‘year of the reboot’

Buried smack dab in the middle of the current sitcom reboot/remake/prequel overload comes a really promising new comedy pilot offering airing tonight at 10p on BBC2. Motherland, starring Anna Maxwell-Martin (Bletchley Circle, Death Comes to Pemberley, And Then There Were None), Lucy Punch (Doc Martin, Hot Fuzz), Diane Morgan (Mock the Week, Mount Pleasant) and Paul Ready […]

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Will John Cleese follow fellow Python, Eric Idle, back to the BBC?

It appears that the ‘perfect storm’ we all thought it would take to get another comedy vehicle for John Cleese might be on the horizon. First, earlier this week, it was revealed that John Cleese’s fellow Monty Python member Eric Idle is to return to the Beeb this Winter. He will star in a new Christmas comedy […]

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Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting ‘The 2016 Funniest Joke at the Fringe’

You can either thank Dave or blame Dave for the fact that we are now in possession of the ‘2016 Funniest Joke at the Fringe’! The UKTV channel enlisted the help of the country’s foremost comedy critics. Each of the judges watched an average of 60 different comedy performances in Edinburgh this year and sifted through more than […]

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So that’s how Hyacinth could afford a slim line telephone with automatic redial….

In today’s overloaded commercial environment, no one gives it a second thought when they encounter celebrity spokespeople appearing in adverts for their favorite whatever. What doesn’t immediately come to mind are commercials that feature the character that an actor portrays. The only recent example that seems to follow this concept features the perfect pitchman, Modern Family‘s Phil Dunphy, […]

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