Category: Ever Decreasing Circles

  • Ever Decreasing Clippings
    Ever Decreasing Clippings

    For a sitcom that reunited Richard Briers with the writers of The Good Life, and one which had pretty good ratings from the off (later monster ones), Ever Decreasing Circles arrived on BBC screens in January of 1984 with surprisingly little fanfair. In a packed page of previews in the Burton Daily Mail, the day…

  • Ever Decreasing Trailers
    Ever Decreasing Trailers

    Here’s a trail for the Christmas edition of Ever Decreasing Circles. You can see the final credits of Last Of The Summer Wine first, and then, I assume it’s a goof, where the audio fades out too soon, and the trail itself is strangely music-less.

  • Directing Situation Comedy by Harold Snoad
    Directing Situation Comedy by Harold Snoad

    I’ve been wanting a copy of the BBC Manual by Harold Snoad for ages. And when it arrived, I wasn’t disappointed. I’ll be honest. I was secretly hoping it would have some scrawled marginalia throughout, and that I could pretend to myself it was notes taken by someone who went on to direct some great…

  • The Grange Hill Sitcom Farm
    The Grange Hill Sitcom Farm

    Let’s take a closer look at a series six installment of Grange Hill. The reasons for this will soon become apparent. It’s episode six, which was first broadcast on BBC One on 18th January 1983. The title of the show is listed in some places as On Trial, but the on screen title is simply…

  • Ever Decreasing Commercials
    Ever Decreasing Commercials

    Here’s fun. This is an advert for the new 1985 Ford Sierra, featuring Richard Briers. See if you can spot the moments that tickled me. He’s called Mr Wilton. In this reality, Richard Briers is called Robert, and he’s probably married to Penelope Wilton. If you haven’t seen Ever Decreasing Circles, this may interest you…

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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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