Category: Sketch Shows

  • Pauline’s Quirkes
    Pauline’s Quirkes

    The late 1970s seemed to provoke a lot of outrage at the output of children’s television. Grange Hill is the obvious example, but ITV didn’t escape the ire either, not least with Thames Television’s afternoon sketch show Pauline’s Quirkes. The show was devised as a vehicle for Pauline Quirke, who together with Linda Ronson and […]

  • The Lenny Henry Show
    The Lenny Henry Show

    The Lenny Henry Show enjoyed a very rare repeat last night on BBC Four, and it’s still up on iPlayer. It’s remarkable that this series isn’t more widely available, or available at all. The title has been used in a number of different ways through the years, on TV as the sketch show, and then […]

  • Michael Palin’s Teeth
    Michael Palin’s Teeth

    Here’s a radio advert for Monty Python’s Life Of Brian. And here’s a review of the exclusive performance they mention, from the next day (9th November 1979) in the Daily Mirror.

  • Fast Forward x 2
    Fast Forward x 2

    Fast Forward was an Australian sketch show that ran on the 7 Network for 74 episodes between 1989 and 1994. It’s worth quoting Mark Lewisohn in full from his excellent Radio Times Guide To TV Comedy: An earthy and funny sketch show, spoofing film and television and featuring, in its original version at least, some […]

  • It’s Time For …
    It’s Time For …

    Here’s a few curios from the newspapers about The Mary Whitehouse Experience. First up, from the Dublin Sunday World, on 15th July 1990, there’s a review of what sounds like an horrendous episode of The James Whale Radio Show. This is a review, from The Stage, of the TV show on 17th January 1991. There’s […]

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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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