• British acting legend, Geoffrey Palmer, passes away at 93. RIP, Geoffrey.

    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 had numerous guest roles in series such as Doctor Who, Inspector Morse, Blackadder Goes Forth, Poirot, Ashes to Ashes and Rev, had perhaps his most well-known guest starring role as Dr Price in "The Kipper and the Corpse" episode of Fawlty Towers in 1979. With a celebrated career that spanned seven decades, Palmer, who turned 93 years young in June of this year, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, 5 November.

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  • Leaving the world with a lifetime of laughter to enjoy forever, legendary comedy producer/director, Sydney Lotterby, dies at 93

    While we never had the good fortune to speak with Sydney for our any of our PBS specials that featured not only the stars of some of the all-time great British comedy series but also focused on the writers and creators of some of the classics of British comedy, it was through the words of John Cleese, Dame Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer, Jenny Funnell, Moira Brooker, Philip Bretherton, Richard Briers, Michael Crawford, Roy Clarke, David Jason, Karl Howman, Bob Larbey and Frank Thornton that we were immediately schooled on the greatness that was Sydney Lotterby.

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  • Dame Judi throws some tough love at David Tennant and Michael Sheen in ‘Staged’

    Aside from the obvious much more important reasoning of ‘flattening the curve’ and ‘slowing the spread of the virus’, if anything good has come from the last 4+ months of the off-again, on-again mandated ‘sheltering at home’ lockdown,  it’s the steady flow of creativity from the creative world, which has been nothing short of brilliant. […]

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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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  • Happy Thanksgiving from Tellyspotting!

    I think, in my head, I have wanted (or, threatened) to do this since we began this little British blog experiment on October 1, 2009. There are so many things to be thankful, not only during Thanksgiving, but every day of every year. For today, however, here are a few additional folks that have not only given me something to write about for the last decade but have given us all endless laughter, tense drama and heart-pounding mysteries for more years than the law should allow.

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  • A pre-virtual fur look at ‘Cats’ with Taylor Swift, Idris Elba and Dame Judi Dench!

    Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (King’s Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) has herded a pretty spectacular feline litter together for the forthcoming film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Cats. Taylor Swift (Bombalurina), Sir Ian McKellen (Gus the Theatre Cat), James Corden (Bustopher Jones), Jennifer Hudson (Grizabella), Idris Elba (Macavity) and Dame Judi Dench (Old Deuteronomy) have all attended “cat […]

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  • Happy belated 92nd, 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.

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