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.
Red Nose Day has to be the single most brilliant example known to man of how an entire country demonstrates the ability to rally around a charitable cause. With Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell looking on as loving parents, ‘One Red Nose Day and a Wedding’ gave viewers a heartwarming twist that no one saw coming.
In the ’60s, it was standard practice for the BBC to record over or discard tapes of programs. Among the casualties were three “lost” episodes of ‘Dad’s Army.’ The three episodes will be remade as part of “Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes” with Timothy West joining the cast.
Sarah Hadland, who played Stevie, best friend and colleague of Miranda Hart’s in ‘Miranda,’ has begun her campaign to be the “American Stevie” in the forthcoming U.S. remake of the brilliant British situation comedy.