• RIP — Bernard Cribbins O.B.E. — “….he was in one episode of Fawlty Towers” **

    RIP — Bernard Cribbins O.B.E. — “….he was in one episode of Fawlty Towers” **

    Bernard Cribbins, the rather fussy spoon salesman mistaken for a hotel inspector in one episode of Fawlty Towers, has died at the age of 93. **In spite of a brilliant seven decade plus career, Cribbins will be forever known as ‘being in the “Hotel Inspectors” episode of Fawlty Towers, which is a testament to the greatness of perhaps the best British comedy of all time but speaks more to Cribbins’ brilliant ability to make even a relatively minor role such as Mr. Hutchinson in one episode of Fawlty Towers so memorable.

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  • Stephen Merchant answers the burning question — ‘What if the British won?’

    Stephen Merchant answers the burning question — ‘What if the British won?’

    As co-writer and co-director of BBC’s The Office, Stephen Merchant is best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais. Several years ago, the British writer, director, radio presenter, stand-up comedian and actor added London West-End appearance to his CV with his first play, The Mentalists by Richard Bean, alongside Steffan Rhodri at the Wyndham Theatre. And, his most recent effort alongside the greatness of […]

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  • R.I.P. Dennis Waterman — the last original ‘old dog’ on ‘New Tricks’

    R.I.P. Dennis Waterman — the last original ‘old dog’ on ‘New Tricks’

    Dennis Waterman, a.k.a. Gerry Standing, of British police procedural New Tricks fame, died Sunday at age 74 in hospital in Spain. As the last original ‘old dog’ member of the fictional Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) of the Metropolitan Police Service in New Tricks, Waterman appeared in every episode of the series’ first 11 […]

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  • Happy 82nd, Dame Penelope Keith!

    Happy 82nd, Dame Penelope Keith!

    Today is Penelope Keith’s 82nd birthday. With a long public television history dating back to the days of Good Neighbors and To the Manor Born to her efforts serving as host for PBS’ The Funny Ladies of British Comedy and More Funny Ladies of British Comedy and right through to her more recent presenting efforts in the numerous […]

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  • R.I.P. Peter Bowles, aka Richard DeVere in ‘To the Manor Born’

    R.I.P. Peter Bowles, aka Richard DeVere in ‘To the Manor Born’

    Peter Bowles, most notably known for his role opposite Dame Penelope Keith as the self-made businessman Richard DeVere in To The Manor Born, has died at the age of 85. Airing from 1979-1981, the series was reprised for a one-off special in 2007 celebrating Audrey and Richard’s 25th wedding anniversary with a party at Grantleigh Manor. To the Manor […]

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  • RIP, Lynda Baron — a.k.a. Nurse Gladys Emmanuel from ‘Open All Hours’

    RIP, Lynda Baron — a.k.a. Nurse Gladys Emmanuel from ‘Open All Hours’

    Best known for her role as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in Open All Hours, Lynda Baron has passed away at the age of 82. Created and written by the great Roy Clarke (Keeping Up Appearances, Still Open All Hours), the iconic British situation comedy starring Ronnie Barker, David Jason and Stephanie Cole ran for four series and […]

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  • Happy 93rd, Dame Patricia Routledge!

    Happy 93rd, Dame Patricia Routledge!

    One of the few upsides of another year living under a pandemic cloud is the opportunity to send good wishes for a very happy birthday to the brilliant Dame Patricia Routledge, who turns 93 today. Given Hyacinth would have been appalled at the possibility that I might forget to drop a card in the post […]

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  • Gary Waldhorn — a.k.a. Dibley’s Councillor David Horton, dies at 78.

    Gary Waldhorn — a.k.a. Dibley’s Councillor David Horton, dies at 78.

    Gary Waldhorn, the actor best known for his role of Councillor David Horton in the Dawn French comedy, Vicar of Dibley, has died at the age of 78. Waldhorn’s son Josh confirmed to BBC News that his father died on Monday, saying in a statement: “Classically trained, it was the theatre where he truly flourished and he leaves a legacy […]

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  • Happy 87th, Dame Judi Dench!

    Happy 87th, Dame Judi Dench!

    If it wasn’t the case before, I’m now fully convinced that if you looked up the definition of brilliant in the dictionary, there would simply be a photo of Dame Judi Dench. The Oscar/Tony/BAFTA/Laurence Olivier/Golden Globe/Screen Actors Guild award winner turns 87 years young today and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. […]

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