Category: Birds Of A Feather

  • America Gets The Birds
    America Gets The Birds

    We’ve looked before at the FOX network’s remake of Birds Of A Feather. It was called Stand By Your Man, starred Rosie O’Donnell, and aired in the US in the spring of 1992. Whilst looking at clippings for Keeping Up Appearances, I came across this interesting article … It’s from the Mirror on Saturday 27th […]

  • 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 […]

  • Proto Birds
    Proto Birds

    Shooting The Pilot by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran is a remarkably good book by the writers and creators of The New Statesman and Birds Of A Feather (among so many others). As well as getting to read the pilot scripts for some of their best series, they also introduce each one with some great […]

  • Clips Of A Feather
    Clips Of A Feather

    A few days after the debut of the first episode of Birds Of A Feather, Linda Robson and Pauline Quirke appeared in this spread for the Daily Mirror (19th October 1989). Weird that the show was being billed as a comedy drama. Towards the end of the first series, James Green wrote this somewhat patronising […]

  • Stand By Your Man
    Stand By Your Man

    Today I learned, belatedly, that FOX remade Birds Of A Feather for the US network. Stand By Your Man follows the same premise as the original, and features Rosie O’Donnell and Melissa Gilbert Brinkman in the main roles. The show was developed by Nancy Steen and Neil Thompson, and where it diverged from the source […]

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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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