R.I.P. – Bob Larbey

These are getting harder and harder to write with each passing but they seem to come more frequently these days than any of us would like. The British comedy world, actually, the comedy world, lost a good friend this past week when Bob Larbey passed away. While you may not be familiar with the name, […]

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Secret Yes Minister memos unearthed

Good writing = longevity in the world of British comedy One can’t help but think of the classics that have stood the test of time such as Fawlty Towers, Blackadder or┬áMonty Python. Excellent writing delivers not only a classic comedy, but one that is also as relevant, or more, today than they were when first […]

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Mulberry – brilliant Britcom that lasted only two seasons

There are times that BBC commissioning folks get it right and times they don’t. Mulberry is one of those “didn’t get it right” moments in British comedy history. After two wonderful seasons (13 episodes) with brilliant scripts by Bob Larbey and, then, writing partner, John Esmonde and a wonderful cast headed by Karl Howman in […]

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Christmas with the Goods

Is it just me or is Good Neighbors (The Good Life in the U.K.) more relevant today than it was 30+ years ago. For most PBS stations across the country, this was the first (if not the second) Britcom ever aired after Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Paul Eddington and Penelope Keith […]

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