• R.I.P. — Josephine Tewson, aka Hyacinth’s next door neighbor

    R.I.P. — Josephine Tewson, aka Hyacinth’s next door neighbor

    Best known for playing Elizabeth Warden, the hyper-nervous next-door neighbor of Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances, Josephine Tewson has passed at the age of 91. The actress died on Thursday at Denville Hall, a care home for actors and other members of the entertainment industry in north London.

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  • 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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  • The generational legacy of the greatness of Dave Allen

    The generational legacy of the greatness of Dave Allen

    Not long after Monty Python’s Flying Circus’s October 1974 premiere on KERA-TV in Dallas, one of my earliest memories of watching British comedy on public television was to ‘religiously’ watch Dave Allen at Large….a somewhat non-descript sketch/standup/sitdown comedy series featuring an intellectually brilliant Irish comedian that sat in a high bar stool with a seemingly bottomless glass of whiskey.

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  • Rowan Atkinson is the man in ‘Man Vs Bee’

    Rowan Atkinson is the man in ‘Man Vs Bee’

    Only the brilliant comedic genius that is Rowan Atkinson could build antcipation for an entire comedy series around one man’s fight with….a bee! When the former star/co-creator of such British comedy classics such as Mr. Bean and Blackadder is given a platform to showcase his physical comedy capabilities, it does spell the potential for comedy gold. In Man vs. Bee, […]

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