Tag: That Was The Week That Was

  • The Mavis Bramston Show
    The Mavis Bramston Show

    This feels like one of those things I should have already known, but it’s fun to share how I discovered it anyway. While looking at articles about The Likely Lads, I also glanced at this one … Whether it was an official remake of TW3, or just inspired by it, The Mavis Bramston Show was…

  • That 4-Letter Word
    That 4-Letter Word

    Yesterday marked the 57th anniversary of Kenneth Tynan swearing on BBC-3. No, not the youth channel, one of the follow-up series to That Was The Week That Was. There’s a bit about it here, in this episode of Comedy Is … that I made. It’s widely regarded as the first intentional use of the F-word…

  • Comedy Is … All About Timing
    Comedy Is … All About Timing

    Here’s the third installment of Comedy Is … an audio essay that uses a show from the late 1990s line-up on the Paramount Comedy Channel as a springboard to talk about the history of television comedy, and explore the wider social context of these shows, and what they mean to me on a more personal level. This time round,…

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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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