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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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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Arkwright’s to remain open as BBC confirms 5th series

Some 45 years after Sir David Jason first set foot into Arkwright’s convenience store, Still Open All Hours has been commissioned for a 5th series which will air later this year on BBC One. Jason will return in the role of Granville who inherited the shop from the miserly Arkwright, played by Ronnie Barker. Granville was […]

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Absolutely Fabulous news! It’s now Dame June Whitfield!

While the news that June Whitfield had officially become a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List at Buckingham Palace must have driven Pats and Eddy to drink even earlier in the day, there couldn’t be a more deserving individual to receive such an honor. Best known for her role […]

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Coronation Street’s Jean Alexander dies aged 90

Jean Alexander, who played Coronation Street‘s Hilda Ogden and shop-owner Auntie Wainwright in Last of the Summer Wine, has died aged 90. Alexander portrayed Hilda Ogden, a sharp-tongued, put-upon housewife who was one of Coronation Street‘s best known characters, from 1964 to 1987. She also appeared as shopkeeper Auntie Wainwright which, according to Alexander, was […]

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Burt Kwouk, Pink Panther’s Cato and LOTSW’s Entwistle, dies at 85

Best known for playing alongside Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther films, Burt Kwouk has passed away at the age of 85. While his international fame came from his recurring role as Inspector Clouseau’s sidekick, Cato, in the Pink Panther films from 1975-1993, Kwouk was a small-screen fixture from 2002-2010 starring as electrical and mechanical engineer Entwistle in Last Of The […]

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