Known throughout the world as the creator of the much loved fictional detectives Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth, author Marion Chesney Gibbons, a.k.a. MC Beaton, died Monday at the age of 83 after a short illness.
Best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles and collaborating with the British comedy troupe Monty Python, Neil Innes died unexpectedly on Sunday at the age of 75. Innes, who will forever be known as ‘the 7th Python’, performed piano, guitar and vocals in The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band whose hit in 1968, […]
Following in the footsteps of ‘Britain’s Nicest Man’, a.k.a. Michael Palin, Eric Idle becomes the next original Monty Python member to donate his archives which includes 50-plus years of notes, scripts, librettos, letters, scores and to-do lists as part of the Huntington Library in San Marino archive collection.
As the curtain comes down on another year of brilliant British comedy, UKGold wants to know who you think the greatest of all time, aka GOAT, is when it comes to British comedy. Britain’s Greatest Comedy Character will see a jury of nine comedians, actors, writers, journalists and critics battle it out under the watchful gaze […]
Former Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow is set to deliver this year’s Alternative Christmas Message on Channel 4. The Christmas Day broadcast at 2:25p UK time will run simultaneously with the traditional Queen’s speech on BBC One and ITV.
Unfortunately, these posts are getting way too frequent and are hitting too close to home as they involve friends that we’ve made over the years. This time, with great sadness, we report that our friend Nicky Henson, passed away Monday at the age of 74. One of the absolute nicest individuals on the planet, Nicky used to tell us that even after all the theater, stage and film work he has been a part of in over 50 years of professional acting, he expected to see on his tombstone “Here lies Nicky Henson – he was in one episode of Fawlty Towers”.
I might as well get this out of the way upfront. Lucy Worsley is as close to a national treasure as there is in my book. Worsley, the British historian, author, curator, and television presenter, is currently the Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that manages a number of the United Kingdom’s unoccupied royal palaces.
Given the fact that you have Jodie Whittaker all decked out in a tuxedo introducing herself as “The name’s Doctor…The Doctor”, the return of series 12 of Doctor Who appears to be a James Bond-inspired story complete with the brilliant Stephen Fry’s M equivalent telling his new friends, “the security of this entire planet is at stake.”
Call the Midwife is back for the 2019 Christmas special as nuns and midwives pack their bags for the Outer Hebrides, while the unlucky few get left behind to man the fort at Nonnatus House in Poplar. The critically-acclaimed and audience favorite will return with a special on Christmas Day 2019 followed by eight episodes in early […]
While I’m not really sure who “they” are, they say that comedy makes for strange bedfellows. Never has this been more evident than with the long-standing habit/tradition in Germany on New Year’s Eve involving an 11-minute British comedy sketch, Dinner for One, which is also known in Germany as Der 90 Geburtstag (The 90th birthday). It seems that watching […]