• Happy 65th, Rowan Atkinson!

    Happy 65th, Rowan Atkinson!

    Rowan Atkinson, English actor, comedian, and screenwriter turns 65 today. While best known to audiences worldwide for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr. Bean and, more recently, for his stellar performance in Maigret, I first stumbled upon Atkinson’s brilliant talent in the BBC2 sketch comedy series, Not the Nine O’Clock News.

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  • R.I.P. Nicky Henson; From ‘Fawlty Towers’ to ‘Downton Abbey’ and everything in-between.

    R.I.P. Nicky Henson; From ‘Fawlty Towers’ to ‘Downton Abbey’ and everything in-between.

    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”.

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  • A German New Year’s Eve tradition involves viewing classic Britcom sketch, ‘Dinner for One’

    A German New Year’s Eve tradition involves viewing classic Britcom sketch, ‘Dinner for One’

    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 […]

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  • Goodness Gracious Me, ‘Fawlty Turrets’ is spot on.

    Goodness Gracious Me, ‘Fawlty Turrets’ is spot on.

    Goodness Gracious Me, the British sitcom with a central theme focusing on British Asian culture, ran for 3 series and 23 episodes from 1998-2001. Starring the foursome of Sanjeev Bhaskar (Kumars at No. 42, Unforgotten), Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal (Kumars at No. 42) and Nina Wadia (Eastenders, Still Open All Hours), Goodness Gracious Me sketches poked fun at the British by reversing […]

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  • Ben Stiller to bring Channel 4’s ‘Home’ to the U.S.

    Ben Stiller to bring Channel 4’s ‘Home’ to the U.S.

    Ben Stiller has signed up to direct and executive produce an American re-make of Channel 4 comedy Home, with Black-ish executive producer Stacy Traub overseeing the script re-write. Home follows the plight of a Syrian refugee who enters Britain illegally to claim asylum, in the car boot of a family coming home from holiday. Written by and starring W1A star […]

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  • R.I.P. Jean Fergusson, a.k.a. Marina, ‘Last of the Summer Wine’

    R.I.P. Jean Fergusson, a.k.a. Marina, ‘Last of the Summer Wine’

    Last of the Summer Wine, the long-running British situation comedy written by Roy Clarke (Open All Hours, Keeping Up Appearances, Still Open All Hours, Young Hyacinth) that lasted for 31 years (1973-2010) has lost one of its most lovable characters. Jean Fergusson, the mini-skirt wearing, peroxide blonde Marina, died late last week at the age of 74. […]

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