• Happy 80th, Dame Penelope Keith!

    Happy 80th, Dame Penelope Keith!

    Today is Penelope Keith’s 80th birthday. With a long public television history dating back to the days of Good Neighbors and To the Manor Born to her efforts serving as host for PBS’ The Funny Ladies of British Comedy and More Funny Ladies of British Comedy and right through to her more recent presenting efforts in the numerous […]

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  • 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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