• Beware the Ides of March — ‘Up Pompeii’ style!

    Beware the Ides of March — ‘Up Pompeii’ style!

    Aside from the brilliant series, I Claudius, it seems like an ‘Ides of March’ cannot pass without thinking of the classic BBC comedy, Up Pompeii, starring the late, great Frankie Howerd. The series, which ran only two short seasons back in 1969-1970, was written by and starred a number of Carry On film alumni, would probably have […]

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  • ‘Red Dwarf: The Promised Land’ delivers comedy gold with a first look trailer

    ‘Red Dwarf: The Promised Land’ delivers comedy gold with a first look trailer

    At long last, we get our first look at the return of the greatness of Red Dwarf and their new feature length special, Red Dwarf: The Promised Land. The new special will see Lister, Rimmer, Kryten (a.k.a. Service Mechanoid 2X4B-523P) and Cat meet three cat clerics, played by Tom Bennett, Mandeep Dhillon, Lucy Pearman, who worship Lister as their God. Lister vows to help them as they’re being hunted by Rodon, the ruthless feral cat leader (Ray Fearon) who has vowed to wipe out all cats who worship anyone but him.

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  • Comedy at the forefront during day 2 of BBC Showcase 2020

    Comedy at the forefront during day 2 of BBC Showcase 2020

    Following a couple of days of having the good fortune of screening some of the best drama on Planet Earth, it’s time for a few laughs with a day of comedy during BBC Showcase 2020 in Liverpool to see what might be making its way to public television stations in the not-too-distant future. Here are […]

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  • ‘The Upstart Crow’ conquers London’s West End

    ‘The Upstart Crow’ conquers London’s West End

    400+ years after his death, Will Shakespeare has, once again, taken London’s West End by storm. This time around, however, it’s the brilliant duo of Ben Elton and David Mitchell that have brought the bard’s struggles to the stage. Mitchell reprised his role from the brilliant sitcom as William Shakespeare in The Upstart Crow last night with a live version in London’s West End. 

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  • Remembering Geoffrey Hughes, a.k.a Onslow, on what would have been his 76th birthday!

    Remembering Geoffrey Hughes, a.k.a Onslow, on what would have been his 76th birthday!

    The man who most knew as Onslow, the slovenly bane of Hyacinth’s existence (except for one special moment on the QE2) in Keeping Up Appearances, would have been 76 on Sunday. Geoffrey Hughes, one of the true British comedy greats, was also known to many over the years for his supporting role as Twiggy in The Royle Family, conman Vernon Scripps in Heartbeat and binman, Eddie Yeats, in Coronation Street during the 1970’s and 80’s. Probably very few knew that Hughes was also the voice of Paul McCartney in the Beatles 1968 film, Yellow Submarine.

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  • ‘The Good Life’, a.k.a. ‘The Good Neighbors’, to become stage show in June 2020

    ‘The Good Life’, a.k.a. ‘The Good Neighbors’, to become stage show in June 2020

    Following in the footsteps of other British situation comedies such as Fawlty Towers, Yes Prime Minister and The Vicar of Dibley, the classic British comedy, The Good Life, is set to become a stage play premiering at Theatre Royal Bath as part of their 2020 Summer Season. This seems so right considering the fact that The Good Life is probably more relevant today from a storyline standpoint of individual sustainability than when it premiered on BBC1 in April 1975.

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