Daisy & Onslow – longshot for favorite British comedy couple?

Couple #11 – Daisy and Onslow He’s “bone-idle”, reads the Financial Times, and is a regular viewer of Open University. She’s responsible for Daddy and keeping tabs on the daily escapades of her sister, Rose. Forced to lose herself in romantic novels while Onslow drinks beer and watches racing on “the telly”, Daisy almost lost Onslow […]

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Poor Richard's Almanac with Hyacinth

Couple #9 – Favorite all-time British comedy couple or, Hall of Fame worthy? Richard has had to change the pronunciation of his last name, then, wear a tie to “deadhead the roses” in the garden for fear the neighbors might comment, then, his son Sheridan decides to rebuild Romania with Tarquin and, now, he’s facing […]

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Valentine's shopping list – British comedy edition

That time of year again. Valentine’s Day rolling around and you aren’t sure what to get beyond the flowers/dinner option. You’re kicking yourself because Eddie Izzard has come and gone so tickets to see him are out. That’s where we come in. Based on no scientific research other than these are the sets that I […]

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The holidays – Hyacinth style

Fortunately, the Chinese take-away, the Green Lotus, is closed for the day, so the Family Boxing Day candlelight supper can be enjoyed by all in attendance. But, what would the holidays be without Hyacinth? Who amongst us can beat Hyacinth’s record of 112 Christmas cards? Popularity does have its penalties, however, as Richard has run […]

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Hyacinth a Dame? It could happen.

The folks over at the “official” Keeping Up Appearances Forum have begun a petition to make Patricia Routledge a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. A Tony Award winning actress in 1968 for her performance in Darling of the Day on Broadway, Patricia received an OBE in 1993 for her […]

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Old Guys find home on PBS stations

Clive Swift (Richard from Keeping Up Appearances) and Roger Lloyd Pack (Owen in Vicar of Dibley) have teamed up for a new British comedy, The Old Guys, coming to public televison stations in 2010. Jane Asher plays Sally, the neighbor that definitely recognizes that both Roy and Tom are attracted to her and tends to […]

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Keeping Up Appearances – Take 2

Why do I like this show even more now? And, why do I really want to go to the pub with Geoffrey Hughes (Onslow)…or even Patricia Routledge (Hyacinth)? It’s interesting to note that there are very few bloopers or outtakes floating around for Britcoms. In talking with a number of British actors and actresses over […]

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Tellyspotting's Book of Little Known Facts for the holidays

As we approach the holiday season, chances are you could find yourself grasping for that elusive conversation starter that we all desperately seek at one time or another. What better way to both start a conversation and immediately let it be known that you are intelligent AND have a sense of humor than to lob […]

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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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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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