Gogglebox anyone?

Every so often, along comes a television series that simply defies logic. Realizing that I’m a day late and a dollar short when it comes to hearing about this series, I am rapidly becoming a huge fan of the Channel 4 ‘documentary’ series, Gogglebox. I used to religiously watch The Royle Family because I knew, at some point, Jim Royle […]

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Sue Johnston to trade the Royle's for the Crawley's in Downton Abbey 5

In a bit of a different role than viewers are used to seeing her in, Sue Johnston trades in her matriarch status in The Royle Family and Coronation Street for the role of Denker, lady’s maid to Dame Maggie Smith’s Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, in the just-around-the-corner series 5 premiere of Downton Abbey. […]

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Familiar faces to head upcoming comedy projects beginning tonight!

With so much attention being paid to recent drama greatness such as the Sunday night return of Vera and last nights premiere of Prey starring John Simm, we have been neglecting the strong comedy offerings that are on the horizon starting tonight on BBC One. Over to Bill – tonight on BBC One’s Comedy Playhouse […]

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It's December. Must be Christmas telly time in the UK – 2012

Contrary to their North American neighbors to the west, both Christmas Day and Boxing Day might just possibly be the most important days in the UK for telly watching. Each and every year, both the BBC and ITV1 do not disappoint. As we wrote last year…and the year before…and the year before that, Christmas and […]

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2012-2013 UK comedy pipeline update

Yesterday, we saw a hint of what’s in store for BBC drama output with the upcoming premiere of Ripper Street but now is the time to focus on some upcoming comedy projects that will make their way to telly in the not-too-distant future. Given that new series for Trollied, Spy and Rev are already lined […]

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Remembering Geoffrey Hughes; R.I.P., Onslow

The man, who most knew as Onslow, the slovenly bane of Hyacinth’s existence (except for one special moment on the QE2) in Keeping Up Appearances, has died at the age of 68. Geoffrey Hughes, one of the true British comedy greats, was also known to many over the years for his supporting role as Twiggy […]

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2012 shaping up to be a great year for comedy output

Forget the annual Christmas Day BBC 1 vs. ITV 1 battle royal. 2012 brings an even bigger main event to the forefront with challenger, Sky 1 declaring they are poised to be the ‘home of original British comedy’ and taking on the perennial powerhouse, the BBC, on their home turf – comedy and light entertainment. […]

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