Category: British

  • The Climber
    The Climber

    In the early weeks of 1983, a sitcom aired on BBC One for six episodes. The Climber was written by Alex Shearer, and starred Robin Nedwell. The Radio Times described the first episode, which aired on the 20th January, like this: When he adds up his score in an intelligence test and finds he has […]

  • 10 Fascinating Facts About The Iconic British Sitcom ‘Blackadder’ You Never Knew
    10 Fascinating Facts About The Iconic British Sitcom ‘Blackadder’ You Never Knew

    I’m still ill, so I asked an AI to write a blog post about a sitcom that everyone likes – this is what it wrote. It even got some of the facts so wrong they’re brilliant. If you’re a fan of British sitcoms, you’re probably familiar with “The Office.” However, there’s another classic British sitcom […]

  • Ooh, They’re Floaty Light
    Ooh, They’re Floaty Light

    Today’s earworm is the strapline from this 1990s Quavers advert. Which is a much better advert than this one from 1994. But I do like this one, the animation in particular, and the voice work from Lenny Henry. It’s from back when crisp packets had windows in the bag so you could see inside.

  • Video Arts
    Video Arts

    Here’s an early mention of Video Arts, the production company co-founded by John Cleese, that has made a myriad of training videos, all starring names and faces from TV comedy through the years. By 1975, the BBC had bought a dozen of these training films, and broadcast them as The Selling Line. The Selling Line […]

  • The Balance Sheet Barrier
    The Balance Sheet Barrier

    There’s a book to be written, or a series of blogs at least, about Video Arts. John Cleese was the co-founder, and for decades now they have been using top comedy talent to make corporate and training videos. I mentioned the ones that Rik and Ade did in Proctology, but here’s a teaser of 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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