Tag: Armando Iannucci

  • Bite The Wax
    Bite The Wax

    If you imagine the phrase ‘Bite The Wax’ as spoken by Armando Iannucci, then your day will be all the better for it. But before we get to that, let’s talk about No’ The Archie Macpherson Show. It’s Wednesday 6th July 1988, and BBC Radio Scotland is about to debut a new youth oriented show…

  • The Saturday Night Armisclips
    The Saturday Night Armisclips

    I really enjoyed The Saturday/Friday Night Armistice when it was on, and every now and then I seek it out again and rewatch it. In researching this blog, I also realise that it may have been directly responsible for my Seinfeld obsession. On the 16th March 1995, the Birmingham Daily Post featured a long article…

  • Armando’s Gash
    Armando’s Gash

    I think I can remember the very last show that I recorded on a VHS tape. I’m fairly sure that it was the Channel Four topical comedy show Gash, in 2003. It was one of the shows that Armando Iannucci made in between the Chris Morris years, Armistice, and The Thick Of It, and shared…

  • Up Yer News
    Up Yer News

    I love it when I stumble upon a hitherto unknown gap in my 90s comedy canon. So it was with the discovery of Up Yer News. I should have been all over this, what with my deep dives into the calamity of BSB last year, but there was no mention of it in the otherwise…

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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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