Category: Sitcoms

  • The Not So Young Ones
    The Not So Young Ones

    Here’s an article from the Dublin Evening Herald, published on Friday 4th April 2008. It’s got some factual errors in it, but worth a read nonetheless, and I really like the photo of Ade and Ben, who you don’t often see pictured together. I also like this photo spread from The Stage on Thursday 22nd […]

  • One Nose In The Rags
    One Nose In The Rags

    Victor Meldrew reads the Daily Mirror, which for us oddballs that like this sort of thing, means we can have a bit of fun. Here’s the first time we see him with the paper, from the first episode Alive And Buried. Which helps us find this page from the paper … … which is from […]

  • Riddle Of Car In Sea
    Riddle Of Car In Sea

    Let’s begin by watching a nice little trailer for First Of The Summer Wine, in which Peter Sallis plays Norman Clegg’s father, and Maggie Ollerenshaw plays his mother. Of course, there’s one shot that really fascinates me. This one: That’s the Daily Mirror from Monday 31st July 1939. Here’s the full back page in all […]

  • Tygo Road
    Tygo Road

    I once thought of myself as a voracious viewer of sitcoms, but the more I explore the world of old newspapers and guides, the more I realise there are huge gaps in my … knowledge isn’t the right word … but, you know … that thing. So it’s less of a surprise than it once […]

  • Rik Pics
    Rik Pics

    Here’s a great cover story spread to coincide with the release of the Dangerous Brothers VHS, Drop Dead Fred, and Bottom. Click to enlarge (oo er). Here, Rik shares a page with Rowan. You can read more about his American tour of Shakespeare in Proctology: A Bottom Examination. This is a nice little preview of […]

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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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