Category: Comedy

  • Shaping Up
    Shaping Up

    Just watch these opening titles, and see if you do a double take, like I did, at the tonal shift once the actors’ credits begin to appear. Shaping Up was an ABC sitcom, which aired in 1984, and had quite the pedigree. It was created by Emmy-award winners Sam Simon and Ken Estin, who wrote…

  • The Pirate Bob Monkhouse
    The Pirate Bob Monkhouse

    Bob Monkhouse was an archivist. From very early on he collected and restored movie reels, and when home video recording became possible, he habitually recorded hours of television every day. He had a collection of some 50,000 tapes, some of which have been used to recover missing shows. But in 1979, Bob appeared at the…

  • A Ship Off The Old Block
    A Ship Off The Old Block

    Here’s a fun article from The Stage, marking the transition between series two and three of Red Dwarf, including some gossip about movie and US TV adaptations, and a chat with the writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor.

  • The British Broadcasting Century
    The British Broadcasting Century

    Comedy on Air: Hysterical History from The Co-Optimists to Bottom The British Broadcasting Century is a fabulous podcast, with the excellent Paul Kerensa, that charts and explores the true story of British broadcast’s forgotten pioneers. Every episode is well worth a listen, and I had the pleasure of chatting to Paul about all things comedy…

  • Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Clippings
    Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Clippings

    It’s publication day for my new sci-fi comedy novel, and I am trying to resist my most British of urges to just cough politely, and never mention it again. In so doing, I thought I’d have a look at some early newspaper coverage of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, and there’s very little 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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