Category: Fry & Laurie

  • The Pitter Patter Of Tiny Feet
    The Pitter Patter Of Tiny Feet

    There’s a sketch in A Bit Of Fry & Laurie that bears a little more of a closer look. It’s the one where Hugh tries to engage a class in a discussion about Romeo And Juliet. It begins with this shot: We’ll come back to this in a moment. But then Hugh enters. The staging…

  • A Very Small Bit Of Fry & Laurie
    A Very Small Bit Of Fry & Laurie

    Anyone who’s watched A Bit Of Fry & Laurie will recognise this, from one of their brilliant runs of vox pops. This one in particular is from episode three of the first series. As is this one. But hello, there’s Stephen, dressed in character at the back there. This was probably planned, as a little…

  • There’s Nothing To Worry About
    There’s Nothing To Worry About

    Given that yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the first broadcast of There’s Nothing To Worry About, here’s that first show. And here’s an article from The Stage on the 8th July 1982 that announces the regional show being transferred to the network and reworked into a longer series that was later renamed Alfresco.

  • No Bits Of Dusty And Dick
    No Bits Of Dusty And Dick

    Here’s a fantastic full-page spread from The Daily Mirror, dated Friday 6th February 1987. It’s about the new series of Saturday Live on Channel 4. Almost exactly two years later, on February 2nd 1989, James Green dribbled his thoughts onto the pages of The Stage, this time about the first series of A Bit Of…

  • Variations On A Theme
    Variations On A Theme

    Let’s have a look at two sketches, completely independent to one another, written an ocean apart, but which demonstrate very well how two people can arrive at almost exactly the same idea. Here’s the first, from an 1989 episode of The Kids In The Hall. And here’s the second, from A Bit Of Fry And…

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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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