At 37 years of age, ‘Blackadder’ has still got it!

With a huge tip of the hat to The Telegraph for getting the conversation going several years ago, we celebrate the brilliance that started out almost four decades ago as simply…The Black Adder. Premiering on 15 June 1983 on BBC1, the Richard Curtis/Rowan Atkinson creation turned 37 earlier this week on Monday at 9:25pm GMT. […]

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‘Mister Winner’ is just what we all need right about now…

In Mister Winner, Spencer Jones plays the ironically-named Leslie Winner, a sweet-natured sort of chap who retains an optimistic outlook despite his life being a succession of small disasters. It’s time for Winner to act like his surname and finally pull himself together, as he prepares for his wedding to his fiancé Jemma while simultaneously trying win over […]

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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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Let’s go behind-the-scenes and play ‘Grantchester’ catch-up before the new season premieres on June 14!

The new season of Grantchester (S5) returns to PBS’ Drama Sunday beginning June 14. It seems like an eternity since Sidney Chambers (James Norton) left the friendly confines of the 1950s Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester. You might remember that early on in series 4, the Anglican vicar fell in love with a black woman involved in the Civil Rights Movement […]

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