Category: Sketch Shows

  • A Very Small Bit Of Fry & Laurie
    A Very Small Bit Of Fry & Laurie

    Anyone who’s watched A Bit Of Fry & Laurie will recognise this, from one of their brilliant runs of vox pops. This one in particular is from episode three of the first series. As is this one. But hello, there’s Stephen, dressed in character at the back there. This was probably planned, as a little…

  • 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…

  • Alas It’s Smith And Bones
    Alas It’s Smith And Bones

    A while ago I looked at the 1986 Smith And Jones live tour, and eventually ended up getting hold of a copy of the show’s souvenir programme. But I missed this preview of it all from the Mirror, on Monday 10th November. I say preview, but the tour had been underway for months by then.…

  • Spitting Im-AD-Ges
    Spitting Im-AD-Ges

    Let’s have a quick look at some adverts featuring the latex creations of Spitting Image. This first one is for a tie-in board game. This is what came in the box. In 1987, the puppets were used in a campaign for Chiclets, an American gum product. This one for Heineken feels like it’s an actual…

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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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