R.I.P. Cilla Black

When news on Saturday broke of the passing of Cilla Black, a name synonymous with the likes of Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and Lulu, and, arguably, one of Britain’s best known and most-loved female performers, I immediately went in search of the recent ITV biopic, Cilla, the three-part drama which chronicled the early career of Cilla […]

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Goodnight, Teddington: Iconic British comedy studio set for demolition

In the ‘let’s tear things down that have a history attached to it and build something that will make a lot more money’ era that we all seem to live in, it was bound to happen, unfortunately. Following on the heels of the recent closure of BBC Television Centre, Teddington Studios, the home for years to Thames Television and where much of the magic happened during Britain’s Golden Age that has been seen by generations of television viewers, is set for demolition in the not-too-distant future.

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Monty Python, 1969-2014

Dressed in white suit jackets befitting the occasion, the five surviving members of Monty Python, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, closed out their run of reunion shows Sunday evening by bidding farewell with the 1979 song from Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Always Look on the Bright Side of […]

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Monty Python – All the bits, complete AND annotated

If you get a chance to drop by a newstand in the not-too-distant future (i.e. this month), pick up a copy of The Atlantic for a brilliant article. “The Beatles of Comedy” is a great read and a real treat for British comedy fans worldwide. Working from the premise that the genius of the Monty […]

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Jeremy Lloyd awarded OBE for British comedy brilliance

Doing a bit of new years ‘catch up’, we ran across some brilliant news regarding Jeremy Lloyd, co-creator and co-writer with David Croft of Are You Being Served and ‘Allo, ‘Allo. Seems as though Jeremy Jeremy Lloyd was awarded an OBE, which is short for Officer of the Order of the British Empire, in the […]

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Sherlock star tapped as the 'fifth Beatle'

Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of the BBC/PBS Sherlock has done the best male imitation of Annie Carnes in Oklahoma. He just can’t say no. I only say selfishly because the more Benedict’s star keeps rising and the more he says yes to projects such as The Hobbit, Star Trek, War Horse, Parades End and Tinker Tailor, the longer we have to […]

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