Tag: Noel Edmonds

  • Gloria’s Gotcha Back For Noel
    Gloria’s Gotcha Back For Noel

    After the tragedy that ended The Late Late Breakfast Show, Noel Edmonds returned to Saturday evenings in 1988 with his Saturday Roadshow. This time it wasn’t broadcast live, but it retained many elements of its predecessor, and found the feet of much of what was to become House Party. The first Gotcha Oscar (as they […]

  • Baldrick On Clown Court
    Baldrick On Clown Court

    When I was growing up, there seemed to be a line drawn between alternative comedy and mainstream comedy. It was all a bit artibrary, and that line was blurry even from the beginning. Paul Jackson worked on The Young Ones and The Two Ronnies, Girls On Top was on ITV in peak time. But it […]

  • Noel Meets Shatner (Sans Bassoon)
    Noel Meets Shatner (Sans Bassoon)

    In another one of those incongruous TV moments through the years, here’s a series of sketches starring William Shatner and Noel Edmonds. They featured in Noel’s New York House Party, which aired, live from New York, on March 15, 1997. This was because TC1 at Television Centre, the usual home of Crinkly Bottom, was being […]

  • A Dutch Blobby
    A Dutch Blobby

    Let’s be honest, the only reason this post exists is because I am a child and found the title too funny to ignore. Anyway. Noel’s House Party sold to five overseas territories. Here’s the Dutch version, called Monte Carlo, which aired on RTL4. Just found the Dutch version of Noel's House Party (with a Dutch […]

  • Noel, The Broom Cupboard, And A Bomb
    Noel, The Broom Cupboard, And A Bomb

    Well, that’s not technically correct, but we’ll get to that. So what’s going on here? On 6th March 1993 Television Centre was closed down due to a bomb scare. That meant the live broadcast of Noel’s House Party was cancelled, and a repeat of the Christmas show went out instead. That appeared to have finished […]

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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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