• The Fake Connection

    The Fake Connection

    On Saturday 16th May, 1998, this column appeared in the Mirror. It’s an interesting, albeit angry, appraisal of the young franchise Carlton, and has some nice little nuggests from the original bid. The story of how Thames lost its licence is a fascinating one, and well worth the time to read about if you can. […]


  • Days Like These

    Days Like These

    Days Like These was an ITV remake of That 70’s Show, which was created by Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner, Mark Brazill Caryn Mandabach, and Linda Wallem, and adapted for British screens by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain. It was another in a longish line of remakes following on from the success of The Upper Hand, […]


  • Down Under Your Bottom

    Down Under Your Bottom

    Here’s a nice spin on a familiar thing on this blog. It’s the TV listings write up for Bottom, when it first aired on the ABC in Australia, from the Torres News on 18th November 1994. That’s rather later than I would have expected it to reach there. At first blush, it does look a […]



  • Ooh, They’re Floaty Light

    Ooh, They’re Floaty Light

    Today’s earworm is the strapline from this 1990s Quavers advert. Which is a much better advert than this one from 1994. But I do like this one, the animation in particular, and the voice work from Lenny Henry. It’s from back when crisp packets had windows in the bag so you could see inside.

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  • Comedy Is … Based On A Hit Movie

    Comedy Is … Based On A Hit Movie

    I didn’t watch everything the Paramount Comedy Channel offered up or course, most notably the early evening fare. So I never watched the sitcom Clueless. I’ve no idea what it was like. And I only recently watched the movie it was based on too. But it does give me the opportunity to note an interesting […]

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s […]

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first […]

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