Category: Sitcoms

  • Colin’s Sandwich Filler
    Colin’s Sandwich Filler

    We all have feelings about the slickness of PR, so there’s something weirdly refreshing about this promo piece for Mel Smith’s new sitcom Colin’s Sandwich. It’s odd though, and curious … Of course, the headline has a far more sensational tone than the actual article. Alistair McCallum was positive about the first episode, even if […]

  • Clipping Yarns
    Clipping Yarns

    Have a look at this full-page spread, because, you know, BUMS. There’s no mention here of the team’s upcoming solo/duo projects, but a month later, the BBC is pleased to announce … Here’s a listing for the pilot episode of Ripping Yarns. By May of 1977, the full series was already getting some nice early […]

  • Some Likely Clips
    Some Likely Clips

    In amongst all the other announced shows, there’s mention of BBC Two’s first ever sitcom, to be written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. The Likely Lads will star James Bolan and Rodney Bewes. A few days before the first episode hit our screens, this small write-up appeared within a whole page about the […]

  • Ben Elton Live (In Print)
    Ben Elton Live (In Print)

    Let’s have a quick look at some more of Ben Elton’s columns that he wrote for the Daily Mirror in 1986. This first one has a riff on one of his stand up bits, as well as some potted history. Most theatres were designed by men. I can tell this simply by observing the long […]

  • A Duel – Over That Old Tom Cat
    A Duel – Over That Old Tom Cat

    Every time a character in a sitcom picks up a newspaper, I find it difficult not to lean in and peer at the headline. So, as I began a binge watch of The Likely Lads last night, this moment certainly piqued my attention. It may not be clear, but you can just make out that […]

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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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