Category: Birds Of A Feather

  • 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,…

  • Television Today (Then)
    Television Today (Then)

    Each week in The Stage, there’s a section called Television Today, and it’s always a fascinating read. Especially old ones, available on The British Newspaper Archive. Let’s have a look at the edition from this week, back in 1993. We’ll start with a bit of a cheat, because this article is actually from the theatre…

  • America Gets The Birds
    America Gets The Birds

    We’ve looked before at the FOX network’s remake of Birds Of A Feather. It was called Stand By Your Man, starred Rosie O’Donnell, and aired in the US in the spring of 1992. Whilst looking at clippings for Keeping Up Appearances, I came across this interesting article … It’s from the Mirror on Saturday 27th…

  • Pauline’s Quirkes
    Pauline’s Quirkes

    The late 1970s seemed to provoke a lot of outrage at the output of children’s television. Grange Hill is the obvious example, but ITV didn’t escape the ire either, not least with Thames Television’s afternoon sketch show Pauline’s Quirkes. The show was devised as a vehicle for Pauline Quirke, who together with Linda Ronson and…

  • Proto Birds
    Proto Birds

    Shooting The Pilot by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran is a remarkably good book by the writers and creators of The New Statesman and Birds Of A Feather (among so many others). As well as getting to read the pilot scripts for some of their best series, they also introduce each one with some great…

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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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