Happy 65th, Rowan Atkinson!

Rowan Atkinson, English actor, comedian, and screenwriter turns 65 today. While best known to audiences worldwide for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr. Bean and, more recently, for his stellar performance in Maigret, I first stumbled upon Atkinson’s brilliant talent in the BBC2 sketch comedy series, Not the Nine O’Clock News.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Tellyspotting!

I think, in my head, I have wanted (or, threatened) to do this since we began this little British blog experiment on October 1, 2009. There are so many things to be thankful, not only during Thanksgiving, but every day of every year. For today, however, here are a few additional folks that have not only given me something to write about for the last decade but have given us all endless laughter, tense drama and heart-pounding mysteries for more years than the law should allow.

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R.I.P. Jean Fergusson, a.k.a. Marina, ‘Last of the Summer Wine’

Last of the Summer Wine, the long-running British situation comedy written by Roy Clarke (Open All Hours, Keeping Up Appearances, Still Open All Hours, Young Hyacinth) that lasted for 31 years (1973-2010) has lost one of its most lovable characters. Jean Fergusson, the mini-skirt wearing, peroxide blonde Marina, died late last week at the age of 74. […]

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Even with a blue plaque on the horizon, has political correctness killed any chance of an ‘Allo ‘Allo reboot?

In the day and age of present day comedy whereby a number of classic British and American situation comedies are being re-made even if it’s just for a one-off special, one has to wonder whether or not the much more politically correct climate of 2019 would lend itself to a remake of the Jeremy Lloyd/David Croft classic, ‘Allo ‘Allo.

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