R.I.P. – Mr. O'Reilly

David Kelly. He was Grandpa Joe Bucket in Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, rode a motorbike naked in Waking Ned Devine, starred alongside Peter O’Toole and Peter Ustinov in the Irish mini-series, Strumpet City, and played a vicar in The Italian Job. The Dublin-born actor possessed a “wicked sense of humor”, according to […]

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Pythons to reunite for Absolutely Anything

There was a time it seemed like members of Monty Python were getting together for ‘almost anything’. Masters of re-versioning their classic material on albums such as The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Hastily Cobbled Together for a Fast Buck Album, Monty […]

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Who are the 20 greatest Sherlocks of all-time?

As the UK enters its last few hours of agony before the final episode of the second series of Sherlock transmits on BBC One, tonight’s broadcast of “The Reichenbach Fall” and the return of Moriarty has got to get everyone pondering as to just who might be the ultimate Sherlock Holmes of all-time. Fortunately, the Telegraph […]

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas – John Cleese style

It was 2007 when one, John Cleese, set his Pythonesque sights on the traditional reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. In John’s own words from the podcast of thoughts, observations and musings, this is his attempt to alleviate the planet from holiday stress “…that finds everyone assembled around a blazing fire, where families eat […]

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Czech Republic Olympic team courts unlikely spokesperson

And Now for Something Completely Different Touting his Olympic experience, former Monty Python and Fawlty Towers star, John Cleese, finds himself in the Czech Republic this week where he will become the face of the Czech Republic Olympic Team in all advertising leading up to the London 2012 games. Cleese, who says that the Czech […]

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Holy Flying Circus, Batman, the controversy over Life of Brian explored

It started out innocently enough as the story of, one, Brian Cohen, born on the same day as, and next door to, Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, in truly probably the first recorded instance of ‘separated at birth‘, Brian was immediately mistaken for the Messiah. Produced, written and starring the brilliant minds of Monty Python, Life of […]

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From the British comedy vault of greatness – Ripping Yarns

Over the past several months there seems to have been a number of well-deserved programs revisiting classic British comedy series such as the celebration of the 30th anniversary of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, a look at the early days of Morcambe and Wise and the return of Ronnie Corbett in The One Ronnie. For my […]

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Classic Two Ronnies and One Ronnie greatness

Unbeknownst to David Frost, he was key to laying the groundwork for one of the greatest British comedy duos of all time. After inviting both Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker to work on his new show, The Frost Report, it was a quick fill-in appearance by the duo to cover a technical issue during a 1970 […]

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Approaching 80, Ronnie Corbett refuses to swear

Ronnie Corbett, most famous for being one half of the brilliant comedy duo, The Two Ronnies, lashed out at the BBC and other television outlets recently for an apparent snub because he wasn’t “edgy” enough. Translated, that means he refused to swear. Corbett, whose rise to fame began in the early to mid ’60s as […]

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Connie Booth checks out of Fawlty Towers – for good

It’s an old story, but one worth re-telling. You’re an actor/actress targeted for life for a role done a lifetime ago. A legion of fans worldwide don’t want to let go. It’s something that every actor worries about. In the world of British comedy alone, just ask Patricia Routledge (Hyacinth Bucket), John Cleese (Basil Fawlty) […]

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