Fry & Laurie Host A Christmas Night With The Stars

It seems odd to me to see Fry & Laurie in a sketch with the tailors from The Fast Show. I mean, intellectually I know the two shows overlapped in time, but somehow they occupy different universes, and The Fast Show happened after ABOFAL, even though it didn’t.

Anyway, before the fourth series of ABOFAL aired, they hosted the revival of Christmas Night With The Stars. Here are their linking bits from the show.

This looks like it was a good show to me, and there are some great moments in the clips above. According to Jem Roberts though, in his excellent book Soupy Twists!, some viewers were far from pleased, and Hugh himself says, “I don’t remember it being anything but an awkward mess.’

Casting Creek

I’d read the story that Susan Belbin saw Alan Davies rehearsing for a sitcom and bought him in for an audition for Jonathan Creek before. Here’s Alan telling it himself.

I’m intrigued to know what the sitcom was. In the above clip he makes it sound like a pilot, and it’s ambiguous to me whether he was in it, or just there for support.

Here are the screentests he did with Caroline Quentin.

Hugh Laurie initially agreed to play the titular role, and Rik Mayall was considered too, along with Nigel Planer, both of whom cropped up later in the series.

It’s always been interesting to see Renwick using his experiences making the show to inform later episodes. Remember this from yesterday?

Well, the Honey Wagon plays a major part in the episode The Chequered Box. I imagine the plot about the day for night was inspired by a shoot too.

And again, just because I love this photo …

Behind The Scenes Of Jonathan Creek

It’s a bit quiet, but worth a look.

I’m having difficulty dating this clip. It’s probably from the shoot for series 3, which aired at the end of 1999. It might be from the show TV’s Greatest Hits, but this clip from that shows a different set, and Gaby is on her feet.

Anyone know?

Anyway, I love this photo.



Bob Monkhouse In Splott

Before we get to Splott, let’s have a look at two wonderful interviews with Bob. The first is with Wogan, from 1984.

And the second is from 1993 with Danny Baker.

The show referred to as being weird and bad is Bob’s Your Uncle, a remake of the Dutch show Ron’s Honeymoon Quiz. Bob would rerecord topical jokes closer to transmission, and they would be edited into the show.

And now onto Splott. This clip speaks for itself, and, being from 1964, is very much of its time, though it’s interesting as a time capsule, and Bob always likes talking about his craft.

Bob’s Full House Christmas Special 1989

Here’s fun.

Take a moment to remember how lovely that BBC globe is, then enjoy the show.

I wish I could find it, but I can’t – I once saw Bob’s note cards for his jokes on one episode of this show. Shame. If you can link me up, let me know.

Have they edited the end of a joke out? The pawnbrokers …?

This is interesting too.