Category: Filthy, Rich & Catflap

  • Ben Elton Live (In Print)
    Ben Elton Live (In Print)

    Let’s have a quick look at some more of Ben Elton’s columns that he wrote for the Daily Mirror in 1986. This first one has a riff on one of his stand up bits, as well as some potted history. Most theatres were designed by men. I can tell this simply by observing the long…

  • Filthy Rich And Catclips
    Filthy Rich And Catclips

    Or When Rik Mayall Nearly Quit To Be A Teacher I really like Filthy, Rich And Catflap. As I say in Proctology: A Bottom Examination, it didn’t help that at times the show was being pushed as the natural successor to The Young Ones. Ben Elton, talking on The South Bank Show recalled the show…

  • Filthy

    Buried inside this full-page interview with Ben Elton (Dublin Evening Herald, 27th September 1986) is an early mention of a new sitcom called Filthy, Rich And Catflap. Lots of talk about The Young Ones, and Blackadder of course, and the inevitable clarification that Eric and Ernie are good, but Benny Hill is problematic. I wonder…

  • Ed Bye In His Own Words
    Ed Bye In His Own Words

    It’s depressingly easy to forget the influence and contribution TV directors have made to comedy over the years. It’s not like the movies, which revere the director, and forget the writers, it’s the other way round really. So it was nice to stumble across this interview with Ed Bye in The Stage from the 3rd…

  • Lee Cornes
    Lee Cornes

    There was a time when Lee Cornes was on every great show that I used to watch. From The Young Ones, through Filthy, Rich & Catflap, and onto Bottom, by way The Comic Strip, Saturday Live, Red Dwarf, French & Saunders, Lenny Henry, and so much more. Then he just seemed to drop off my…

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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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