Listen very carefully…I will say this only once! The surviving cast of ‘Allo ‘Allo will reunite to unveil a British Comedy Society commemorative blue plaque at Lynford Hall in Northfolk, the country house which stood in for Cafe René.
From Jimmy Anderson in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin to Ben Parkinson in Butterflies to Lionel Hardcastle in As Time Goes By, Geoffrey Palmer has been a constant fixture in our collective British comedy lives for the better part of four decades with these three series alone.
There are those times in the world of television comedy and drama that when you hear about a reunion show, a re-boot or a spin-off that you immediately question why or what’s the point. James Corden’s recent announcement that the hit British comedy series, Gavin and Stacey, will return this Christmas for a one-off special is definitely NOT one of those times.
Sanjeev Bhaskar, who stars as DI Sunny Khan in the popular British crime drama series ‘Unforgotten,’ has early acting roots in comedy that date back to the late ’90s series ‘Goodness Gracious Me,’ a sketch comedy series starring four British Indian actors.
St. George’s Day is being moved around a bit this year. The patron saint of England is typically celebrated on April 23, the same day Shakespeare’s birthday is celebrated. Which reminds me how reminiscent BBC Two’s ‘Upstart Crow’ is of old school British situation comedy.
The Kodak moment of Quarmby’s appearance on the classic British comedy, Fawlty Towers, occurs as Manuel (Andrew Sachs) frantically searches the dining room for Basil, his pet ‘Siberian hamster’, and Polly (Connie Booth) offers the unsuspecting Mr. Carnegie a biscuit only to be confronted by the four-legged Basil hiding in the biscuit tin.