• Social distancing — The Torbay way! 2 metres = 1 Basil Fawlty!

    If our new normal of social distancing still has you confused as to what actually constitutes a ‘safe social distance’, consider this from one, John Cleese, with the ultimate in visual explanations for those thick of mind, courtesy of the Torbay Council. Going forward if I see you too close to one another I shall […]

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  • There may be no garden gnome or herds of wildebeests, but at least Fawlty Towers Lego set has a rat, a moosehead and a tree branch!

    While it’s not near a good as the possibility of discovering a missing 13th episode of the greatest comedy of all time, Fawlty Towers, Lego Ideas member Lachie has designed a new set of bricks that British comedy fans will definitely recognize. Lachie recently explained his simple reasoning for creating the set to the British Comedy Guide: “I […]

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  • Mycroft Holmes wishes a happy 10th to baby brother, Sherlock…sort of.

    25 July, 2010 was a day that shall live in telly infamy. It was 10 years ago today that one of the best television series ever, bar none, was born. Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, was the creation of the mind palaces of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Much like its comedic country counterpart […]

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  • Anne Reid talks ‘Sanditon’, ‘Last Tango’ and ‘Hold the Sunset’ all the while dreaming of another opportunity to play Lady Denham!

    Hopefully, there is a point in everyone's career where you have such an awesome day that you can take a step back for a moment and think it really can't get any better than this. A recent conversation with Anne Reid, the absolutely delightful star of Sanditon, Last Tango in Halifax and Hold the Sunset, provided me with one of those days I'll never forget.

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  • Update: It’s ok to ‘mention the war’ again as ‘Fawlty Towers’ episode to be reinstated

    UPDATE: As you have most likely read over the last couple of days, the iconic 12th episode of Fawlty Towers entitled "The Germans" was pulled from the BBC owned UKTV Play streaming service due to several racial slurs and other offensive terms used by Major Gowen, the hotel's elderly resident played brilliantly by Ballard Berkeley. At the time of the removal, long-time fans of the series were unclear as to whether or not we would ever be able to 'mention the war' ever again. Well, what a difference a day makes as word now comes from the UK streaming service that the episode will be re-instated in the not-too-distant future with "extra guidance" to be added to the front of the program.

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  • “Don’t mention the Germans episode” as iconic ‘Fawlty Towers’ episode pulled from streaming services

    On the heels of the removal of The Mighty Boosh, Little Britain, Come Fly with Me and The League of Gentlemen from Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Britbox, comes the announcement by catch-up and streaming platform, UKTV Play, that they will immediately remove "The Germans" episode of what has long been considered the greatest television comedy series in existence, Fawlty Towers. While the remaining eleven episodes will still be available, at this point, no one knows if we've heard the last of the classic catchphrase line from the episode, "Don't mention the war".

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  • Happy 93rd, Geoffrey Palmer!

    From Jimmy Anderson in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin to Ben Parkinson in Butterflies to Lionel Hardcastle in As Time Goes By, Geoffrey Palmer has been a constant fixture in our collective British comedy lives for the better part of four decades with these three series alone. Palmer, who has had numerous guest roles in series such as Doctor […]

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  • ‘Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide’ by John Cleese headed your way in September

    In case anyone is wondering what they might get Tellyspotting for Christmas (ok, I'm kidding), take note that Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide by John Cleese will be released the first week of September. Cleese was in Dallas back in December before all this 'sheltering at home' got a grip on most of Planet Earth to accept the Ernie Kovacs Award from the Dallas Video Festival. Tellyspotting had the great good fortune to be able to sit down with the comedy legend to talk about creativity, comedy and life in general.

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  • ‘What I call’ an American remake of ‘Miranda’ from ‘The Big Bang Theory’ alumni headed to Fox later this year

    Fortunately, or unfortunately, it's official. The new Jim Parsons/Mayim Bialik produced series, Call Me Kat, has been given the go-ahead. The Big Bang Theory stars, who played couple Sheldon Cooper and Amy Fowler, will take on the role of Executive Producer (Parsons) and star (Mialik) of their new Fox show, which is based on Miranda Hart's brilliant BBC sitcom, Miranda. Call Me Kat follows a 39-year-old woman who struggles to prove to her mother you cannot have everything you want and still be happy, and uses the money her parents had set aside for her wedding to open a cat cafe in Louisville, Kentucky.

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  • As you ‘work from home’, BBC Archive opens the vault to dress up your daily video calls

    Like me, if you've been 'working from home' for the last couple of months spending a good portion of your workday on what seems like endless Microsoft Teams or Zoom conference calls, you're probably getting a bit weary trying to find a different room in the house to give your workmates something interesting to look at from a background standpoint. To the rescue comes the BBC Archive as they open the vault to give everyone access to their favorite British comedy or science fiction set to use as a backdrop for your next video conference call.

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