Category: British

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Strange Case Of The End Of Civilisation As We Know It
    The Strange Case Of The End Of Civilisation As We Know It

    Here’s how London Weekend Television announced their new project with John Cleese, The Strange Case of the End of Civilisation as We Know It. The film aired in September of the same year, and again some time in the early 1990s. Patrick Campbell seemed to like it. But Roger McGough did not. It obviously stuck […]

  • 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 […]

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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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