Category: British

  • The Pirate Bob Monkhouse
    The Pirate Bob Monkhouse

    Bob Monkhouse was an archivist. From very early on he collected and restored movie reels, and when home video recording became possible, he habitually recorded hours of television every day. He had a collection of some 50,000 tapes, some of which have been used to recover missing shows. But in 1979, Bob appeared at the […]

  • BEEB Magazine
    BEEB Magazine

    I stumbled across the BBC’s answer to Look In magazine last night. It was called BEEB, and lasted 20 issues. Here’s a look at some pages and covers from the run. All of them are available here.

  • A Ship Off The Old Block
    A Ship Off The Old Block

    Here’s a fun article from The Stage, marking the transition between series two and three of Red Dwarf, including some gossip about movie and US TV adaptations, and a chat with the writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor.

  • Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Clippings
    Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Clippings

    It’s publication day for my new sci-fi comedy novel, and I am trying to resist my most British of urges to just cough politely, and never mention it again. In so doing, I thought I’d have a look at some early newspaper coverage of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, and there’s very little of […]

  • Clips And Saunders
    Clips And Saunders

    I suppose it’s not all that surprising that the first few mentions of French And Saunders in the newspaper archive are within reviews and write-ups of the Comic Strip. Here’s a clipping we’ve seen before, by way of demonstration. Or this one: Buried deep in this article is the lovely revelation that the duo used […]

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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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