• Derek Royle — a 30+ yr career that included one episode of ‘Fawlty Towers’

    Derek Royle — a 30+ yr career that included one episode of ‘Fawlty Towers’

    Watching Fawlty Towers recently, I got to thinking about all those British actors that had long, successful careers but that, for whatever reason, would be forever known as ‘being in one episode of Fawlty Towers.” I immediately flashed back to the time we had the good fortune to interview Nicky Henson in 2005 for the PBS program, […]

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  • R.I.P. Tom Owen — son of ‘Compo’ in ‘Last of the Summer Wine’

    R.I.P. Tom Owen — son of ‘Compo’ in ‘Last of the Summer Wine’

    Tom Owen, who played Tom Simmonite in Last Of The Summer Wine, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 73. Having starred in over 90 episodes of the sitcom between 2000 and 2010, Owen played Tom Simmonite, the long lost son of William ‘Compo’ Simmonite – the character who was played by his real-life father, Bill Owen.

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  • ‘Happy Birthday Mr. Bean’ celebrates 30+ years of comedic genius

    ‘Happy Birthday Mr. Bean’ celebrates 30+ years of comedic genius

    The Christmas gift-giving season will get started a bit early this year as over the next few months, a number of PBS stations across the country will be giving viewers an early comedic gift of Happy Birthday Mr. Bean, a celebratory documentary looking back at the thirty years since comedy legend Mr Bean landed on our screens. […]

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  • Before you make a ‘Bad Move’, ask the locals where ‘The Dip’ is.

    Before you make a ‘Bad Move’, ask the locals where ‘The Dip’ is.

    First it was Lead Balloon, now it’s Bad Move. Somehow, Jack Dee makes you feel like you don’t have a bad life after all. Nothing can compare to what he faces around every corner every minute of every day. In, Bad Move, Dee’s latest effort that is making it’s way to a number of public television stations in […]

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  • ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ turns 48 in America today!

    ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ turns 48 in America today!

    October 6, 1974. The day that charted the British comedy course in the U.S. for decades to come. Thanks to a ground-breakingly brilliant decision by then KERA President/CEO Bob Wilson and Program Director Ron Devillier, the legend of Monty Python’s Flying Circus had its American beginning on KERA/Dallas as part of one seemingly uneventful Sunday […]

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  • Stars align in Portwenn for ‘Doc Martin’ series finale!

    Stars align in Portwenn for ‘Doc Martin’ series finale!

    Dr. Martin Ellingham, the surly and self-centered medic with a rude bedside manner and a phobia of blood may be packing up his doctors bag and closing his Portwenn surgery office down after 10 seasons and 18 years, but that won’t stop a steady stream of guest stars headed to the picturesque coastal village. In addition […]

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  • Super! ‘The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin’ rises again on BBC Radio 4

    Super! ‘The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin’ rises again on BBC Radio 4

    The British Comedy Guide revealed yesterday that The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin will return for two, 1-hour episodes this November on BBC Radio 4. David Haig (Cobra, The Thin Blue Line, Yes Prime Minister, Four Weddings and a Funeral) will star as the frustrated fantasist alongside Pip Torrens (Up The Women, The Lenny Henry Show) as CJ, Selina Griffiths (The […]

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  • A 2022 Labor Day salute to the employees of Grace Brothers Department Store!

    A 2022 Labor Day salute to the employees of Grace Brothers Department Store!

    In the United States, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement, dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country. We simply can’t let the long weekend pass by without paying tribute to some of the hardest working friends across the pond…the staff of the ladies’ and gentlemen’s clothing departments of Grace Brothers Department Store.

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