Category: Seinfeld

  • The Marshall Chronicles Changed Sitcom History (Probably)
    The Marshall Chronicles Changed Sitcom History (Probably)

    A small fact nugget keeps popping up about Seinfeld – that the show was renamed after the pilot to avoid allusions to the ABC show The Marshall Chronicles. As the pilot had been called The Seinfeld Chronicles, and the ABC show was cancelled after four episodes, they went with the much snappier new title. It’s…

  • Hewitt – The British Answer To Seinfeld
    Hewitt – The British Answer To Seinfeld

    Inevitably, during the late 1990s, British broadcasters were looking for something a bit like Seinfeld. When BBC Two launched Rhona, The Stage asked the eponymous star: So am I right in thinking British Seinfeld?‘We have more of a Seinfeldian interest,’ she says carefully. The Real Rhona, Ben Dowell, The Stage, Thursday 20th July 2000 Then…

  • Days Like These
    Days Like These

    Days Like These was an ITV remake of That 70’s Show, which was created by Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner, Mark Brazill Caryn Mandabach, and Linda Wallem, and adapted for British screens by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain. It was another in a longish line of remakes following on from the success of The Upper Hand,…

  • The Fifth Seinfeld
    The Fifth Seinfeld

    This isn’t quite the fun of the fifth housemate in The Young Ones, or the mystery of the dog bowl in Bottom, but after Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer, the character who appears most in Seinfeld is Ruthie Cohen. She appears in 101 of 180 episodes, and has a speaking role in three (The Gum,…

  • It’s Clips Jerry, Clips
    It’s Clips Jerry, Clips

    Way back in 1981, Jerry Seinfeld was gracing British TV screens, and sharing a sofa with Des O’Connor. He was even named in the listings, like here in the Daily Mirror, on October 19th. Then there’s this interesting little nugget, from the Derby Daily Telegraph, on the 7th July 1987. Here’s a bit of those…

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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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