The minds behind the brilliance of British comedy

Some of you know, some don’t, that we are currently in production on a PBS special to air in March 2011 across the Richard CurtisRoyClarkeU.S. that will attempt to pay homage to what many of us feel is the number one reason as to why British comedy is brilliant – the writers. In the special, we’ll hear not only just from the writers, but also from those actors and actresses that have so brilliantly translated the written word to the small screen in our favorite shows. With the first set of interviews already in the can where we were able to catch up with Richard Curtis (Blackadder, Vicar of Dibley), Carla Lane (Butterflies), Jeremy Lloyd (Are You Being Served, ‘Allo ‘Allo) and Roy Clarke (Keeping Up Appearances, Open All Hours and Last of the Summer Wine), unfortunately, we ran into a bit of trouble this past week as we were set to began the second round of interviews in London.

Seems there was a little something standing in the way, in Iceland, called Eyjafjallajokull which prevented us from making the journey to the UK. Some on the production crew made it, some didn’t. Not to be denied, the fun starts daily for the next couple of weeks at 4:30am due to the time zone difference.

Bob Larbey

You may not recognize his name, but you’ll definitely recognize the incredible body of work that he has given us over the years writing both as a duo with John Esmonde and, in recent years, solo. Series like Good Neighbors (The Good Life in the UK), Mulberry and As Time Goes By will probably be most familiar to U.S. British comedy fans. A couple of other series that should be familiar to public television fans are A Fine Romance, which starred Judi Dench, and Ever Decreasing Circles, starring Richard Briers.

Obviously, we have a number of questions all lined up for today’s interview with Mr. Larbey, but if you have anything that you’d love to know re: As Time Goes By, Mulberry or Good Neighbors please let us know and we’ll do our best to incorporate them into the interview and the show. I’ll continue to update everyone over the course of the next couple of weeks as we criss-cross London in search of the brilliant minds behind some of our favorite British comedy shows that come into our homes week in and week out. Others lined up this week, Trevor Peacock and James Fleet (Vicar of Dibley) and Josephine Tewson (Keeping Up Appearances and Last of the Summer Wine) to name a few.

If you have someone – writer, actor or actress – that you’d be interested in us tracking down, please let us know.


In: Actors/Actresses,Comedy