Category: Birds Of A Feather

  • 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…

  • Sob Sisters
    Sob Sisters

    There’s a sitcom that was broadcast in 1989 about two sisters, one of whom is down on her luck, the other of whom is doing rather well actually thank you. And due to circumstances beyond their control, the two sisters are forced to reconcile and live together in the same home. It was called Sob…

  • Some Christmas Continuity
    Some Christmas Continuity

    What better way to escape an oppressive heat wave than to cosy up with some comforting Christmas continuity?

  • The Australian Dad’s Army Reboot
    The Australian Dad’s Army Reboot

    There’s so much going on in this sketch. Have a look first, then we’ll talk about it. Rarely does a sketch touch on so much, and reveal new information (to me at least). It talks about declining TV budgets, the fragmentation of audience, the loss of the younger viewer, the reliance on overseas productions, tropes,…

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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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