Category: Open All Hours

  • We’ll Think Of Something, Jacko
    We’ll Think Of Something, Jacko

    Sam Kelly has appeared in a number of excellent comedy roles in his time, not least as Warren in Porridge and Hans in ‘Allo ‘Allo. It’s rather suprirsing then that he never really got a chance to lead a sitcom, given those great performances. But he was the starring role in ITV’s We’ll Think Of…

  • A Third Rate Little Comedy
    A Third Rate Little Comedy

    Like most towns with a sports centre that lay claim to being the inspiration for The Brittas Empire, there must be a lot of towns with a quirky corner shop that believe it to be the basis for Open All Hours. My home town certainly does (it even makes the page on Wikipedia). It may…

  • Fawlty Towers: Too Much Of A One-Man Show
    Fawlty Towers: Too Much Of A One-Man Show

    Fawlty Towers was announced in The Stage on Thursday 24 August 1975, amidst a cluster of ex-Python production news. I suspect the Chapman project mentioned was Out Of The Trees, which he co-wrote with Douglas Adams. It’s likely that the Palin show became Ripping Yarns. With Q6, Briers in the Barry Took adapted One-Upmanship, and…

  • Dizzy Heights And Spaghetti Hoops
    Dizzy Heights And Spaghetti Hoops

    There’s something nice about YouTube offering up some random continuity to enjoy, and then having a look around at all the things trailed, and all the other things that were on that day that weren’t mentioned. Take this one for example. It begins with the end of an episode of Yes Minister called Open Government.…

  • Lonely Sitcom Characters
    Lonely Sitcom Characters

    There are more lonely sitcom characters than you might expect. The first one that springs to mind for me is Richie, in Bottom. The whole show is pretty bleak in a Beckett kind of way. Two people who can’t stand one another are forced to live out their shitty existence together, and smash each other…

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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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