Tag: Caroline Aherne

  • Comic Asides: It’s A Mad World World World
    Comic Asides: It’s A Mad World World World

    Another radio show that got a pilot as part of the Comic Asides strand on BBC Two was And Now, In Colour. Only here it was called It’s A Mad World World World, and was completely re-cast, but written by the original crew. This wasn’t the first TV pilot for the radio show though. A…

  • Mrs Murton’s Nightcap
    Mrs Murton’s Nightcap

    The genesis of any TV show if often fascinating, as is the development of characters off-screen that later went on to be so famous for being on-screen. So here’s an amazing curio, the very first, unaired, pilot for Mrs Merton, known as she was then as Mrs Murton, offering us all a nice Nightcap. The…

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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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