Category: Variety

  • Blackadder At The 2000 Royal Variety Performance
    Blackadder At The 2000 Royal Variety Performance

    In a monologue written and introduced by Ben Elton, here’s Blackadder’s appearance at the Royal Variety Performance in 2000. There’s an obvious edit at the start of this. Wonder what was excised. I can’t seem to find my True History Of Blackadder by JF Roberts either to check. Where did I put it? Anyone know?

  • Prime Cracker
    Prime Cracker

    Not sure what to make of this, but it’s worth a watch. Beautifully shot. Anyone know who wrote it?

  • Compo & Clegg’s Crinkley Bottoms
    Compo & Clegg’s Crinkley Bottoms

    Thanks to @pcstratford here’s a rare threat from Noel’s House Party, when Compo and Clegg ring the bell. And if you stay to the end credits, you’ll see that it was even written by Roy Clarke. This episode aired on the 5th December 1992, one day before the Summer Wine episode Who’s Got Rhythm?.

  • 1984

    I’ve been trying to find footage of Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, and Brian Wilde at the 1984 Royal Variety Performance. I assume they were in character as Compo, Clegg, and Foggy. Alas, I cannot find any. Here’s the first 45 minutes of the show though, and it cuts off before we find out who Dustin…

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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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