Category: Steve Coogan

  • the dum show
    the dum show

    Yesterday, I came across a short listing in The Stage from 13th August 1992. Here it is: That’s quite the line-up, even as early as 1992. They performed the dum show at The Pleasance. It looks like they did at least one preview at the beginning of the month too (I’m sure they did more).…

  • 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…

  • Robin Cock – A Not The Nine O’Clock News For The Nineties
    Robin Cock – A Not The Nine O’Clock News For The Nineties

    This runs the risk of turning into a Simon London’s appreciation piece appreciation piece. It’s fair to say he was an early written champion of The Day Today. On the Saturday before the first episode was broadcast (15th January 1994), he wrote this column. The following week, on the 22nd January, he marked the show…

  • Monkey Trousers
    Monkey Trousers

    There was a time when ITV flirted with sketch shows featuring big name performers. While The Sketch Show did well, another project did less so, in spite of a stellar cast and line up of writers. Monkey Trousers didn’t even last it’s full run of six shows, leaving the final one unaired. I think it…

  • Alanugby

    Here’s some more of Alan, ready for Friday’s new series, this time taking us through some brilliant rugby moments. And here’s the first of the mini-news packages that trailed the main show. Are there any other shows that had their own specially made trailers, ie, using content not shown in the show, like this 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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