• Friday Funny — ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ deduces why Sherlock is so popular

    Friday Funny — ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ deduces why Sherlock is so popular

    Goodness Gracious Me, the British sitcom with a central theme focusing on British Asian culture, ran for 3 series and 23 episodes from 1998-2001. Starring the foursome of Sanjeev Bhaskar (Kumars at No. 42, The Indian Doctor, Unforgotten), Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal (Kumars at No. 42) and Nina Wadia (Eastenders, Still Open All Hours), Goodness Gracious Me sketches poked fun at […]

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  • Friday Funny — “The Bookshop Sketch” from ‘At Last the 1948 Show’

    Friday Funny — “The Bookshop Sketch” from ‘At Last the 1948 Show’

    For those of you that thought humor was invented in 1969 with the premiere of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, take a look at At Last the 1948 Show sometime. A product of David Frost’s production company, Paradine Productions, and starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Marty Feldman and Aimi MacDonald, the 1967 series brought to light the […]

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  • Meera Syal to reprise Kumars’ ‘Ummi’ for new Radio 4 chat show

    Meera Syal to reprise Kumars’ ‘Ummi’ for new Radio 4 chat show

    I’ve lost count of the reasons that, no matter where you are on Planet Earth, you should tune in to Radio 4 on a regular basis. With a schedule that boasts a wide variety of spoken-word programs including news, drama, comedy, science and history, Radio 4 is set to tap into the talents of Meera Syal, who will reprise her Granny Kumar character, Sushila, from The Kumars at No. 42 for a new chat show.

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  • Friday Funny — Baldrick’s cunning plan to survive WWI

    Friday Funny — Baldrick’s cunning plan to survive WWI

    What makes Blackadder Goes Forth an instant classic (ok, besides the writing and the acting) is the fact that not only does it include Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson as Edmund Blackadder and Baldrick, but it also features the return of the greatness of Hugh Laurie as Lieutenant George, Stephen Fry as General Melchett, Tim McInnerny […]

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  • Friday Funny — DYI with Basil Fawlty and Mr. O’Reilly

    Friday Funny — DYI with Basil Fawlty and Mr. O’Reilly

    With a majority of Planet Earth still in some form of lockdown or, at least, a sheltering-at-home mode, many people are turning to a variety of different DIY projects to stay busy, remain sane or just pass the time in-between the seemingly endless number of Zoom calls that populate the daylight hours. For today’s Friday Funny […]

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  • Friday Funny – Mr Bean heads ‘Back to School’

    Friday Funny – Mr Bean heads ‘Back to School’

    Whether it be virtual or in-classroom instruction, families with school-age children are making plans for the safe return to school over the course of the next few weeks, In honor of ‘back to school week’, today’s Friday Funny from Tellyspotting comes courtesy of Rowan Atkinson’s brilliant Mr. Bean and Back to School Mr. Bean.

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  • Friday Funny – Rowan Atkinson and Eric Idle open/close the 2012 London Olympics

    Friday Funny – Rowan Atkinson and Eric Idle open/close the 2012 London Olympics

    With the potential of more lockdowns on the horizon, there’s not much to laugh about these days during our current world state of social distancing, sheltering and working from home and the seemingly endless number of Zoom calls that seem to populate at the same rate as rabbits. So, let’s start a new feature on Tellyspotting called Friday Funnies!

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  • Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for supernatural comedy, ‘Truth Seekers’

    Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for supernatural comedy, ‘Truth Seekers’

    The comedic talents and collective mind palaces of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are reuniting for the supernatural comedy series, Truth Seekers. Centering on a pair of paranormal investigators, the 8-part series stars Frost as the leader of the paranormal investigator team, which slowly uncovers “a conspiracy that could bring about Armageddon for the entire human race.”

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  • Leaving the world with a lifetime of laughter to enjoy forever, legendary comedy producer/director, Sydney Lotterby, dies at 93

    Leaving the world with a lifetime of laughter to enjoy forever, legendary comedy producer/director, Sydney Lotterby, dies at 93

    While we never had the good fortune to speak with Sydney for our any of our PBS specials that featured not only the stars of some of the all-time great British comedy series but also focused on the writers and creators of some of the classics of British comedy, it was through the words of John Cleese, Dame Judi Dench, Geoffrey Palmer, Jenny Funnell, Moira Brooker, Philip Bretherton, Richard Briers, Michael Crawford, Roy Clarke, David Jason, Karl Howman, Bob Larbey and Frank Thornton that we were immediately schooled on the greatness that was Sydney Lotterby.

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