Category: Chat Show

  • Tommy Cockles To Powergen
    Tommy Cockles To Powergen

    My first experience of Simon Day, I think, was as Tommy Cockles, appearing as a regular on Paramount City, right at the start of the 1990s. It was a good few years before The Fast Show. Here he is, as Cockles, on Wogan in 1992. The applause at the end seems a little sudden. Was…

  • Mrs Murton’s Nightcap
    Mrs Murton’s Nightcap

    The genesis of any TV show if often fascinating, as is the development of characters off-screen that later went on to be so famous for being on-screen. So here’s an amazing curio, the very first, unaired, pilot for Mrs Merton, known as she was then as Mrs Murton, offering us all a nice Nightcap. The…

  • Robbie Talks Back To Clive
    Robbie Talks Back To Clive

    In an interview about Cracker, in The Nineties special of TV Years Magazine, creator Jimmy McGovern talks about the casting of Robbie Coltrane as Fitz. He’s one of the quickest-witted people I’ve ever met. I saw an interview he did with Clive Anderson – my God, they took no prisoners. They just went for each…

  • Gorden Kaye On Wogan
    Gorden Kaye On Wogan

    Here’s an interview from Wogan, with Gordon Kaye, just as the first series of ‘Allo ‘Allo was gathering an audience, and the second series had just been shot. I still find it odd hearing Kaye’s real accent, and it’s interesting to hear him make reference to Secret Army. Why are there bits of the Every…

  • CraigyFerg On JonnyRoss
    CraigyFerg On JonnyRoss

    Some primo 90s chat show action for you.

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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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