Category: Variety

  • Packet Of Three
    Packet Of Three

    In 1991, Channel 4 began airing Packet Of Three, a stand-up/sitcom combi oven, produced by Fine Time, and starring Frank Skinner, Jenny Eclair, and Henry Normal. The opening titles looked like this. I remember watching this when it was first on, and it was probably the first time I’d seen Frank or Jenny on my…

  • The Mupclip Show
    The Mupclip Show

    A trio of newspaper clippings for you today, this time from 1976 just as The Muppet Show was about to hit British teatime television screens. The first is from the Coventry Evening Telegraph on Wednesday 18th August. The same paper told much the same story a few weeks earlier too, this time on the 4th…

  • Breaking Bad At The Office
    Breaking Bad At The Office

    Turns out there’s a shared universe between Breaking Bad and The Office. Here’s proof. I mean it’s obviously a sketch from the 63rd Primetime Emmys in 2011, but it’s nicely done, and Aaron Paul nails the looks to camera.

  • Jim, Kermit, And Rowlf On Arsenio
    Jim, Kermit, And Rowlf On Arsenio

    It always amazes me how people chat to the puppet, and the puppeteer just sort of disappears somehow. If you ever want to vanish from a situation, stick your hand up a puppet’s bum. Here’s the Professor that Jim mentions. And here’s Rowlf on The Jimmy Dean Show.

  • A Couple Of Boxing Day Specials
    A Couple Of Boxing Day Specials

    You don’t really associate Boxing Day with specials, but by design, there must be plenty of them out there. Take this one for example, which is Dave Allen’s special from Boxing Day in 1984, and opens with a remarkable sketch. The show was written by Dave Allen and Peter Vincent. After Ronnie Barker retired, Auntie…

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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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