Tag: Ben Elton

  • Ben Elton Live (In Print)
    Ben Elton Live (In Print)

    Let’s have a quick look at some more of Ben Elton’s columns that he wrote for the Daily Mirror in 1986. This first one has a riff on one of his stand up bits, as well as some potted history. Most theatres were designed by men. I can tell this simply by observing the long…

  • Bun Ultoon – The Clips From Auntie
    Bun Ultoon – The Clips From Auntie

    It pains me to admit it, but it was only recently that I realised the title of Ben Elton’s show The Man From Auntie was a play on the 60s TV show The Man From UNCLE. I just went with the notion of him being from the BBC, without noticing that other layer. The show…

  • Ben Elton Live
    Ben Elton Live

    Just a few weeks after the Daily Mirror had declared Ben Elton a Not in its daft Hot Or Not column, they turned to the man and commissioned him to write a weekly column for the paper. Ben took them up on their offer, and this is the first of those columns, which appeared on…

  • The South Ben Show
    The South Ben Show

    Here’s Mr Bun Ulton on The South Bank Show from 1989.

  • Ben Elton Live From Planet Earth
    Ben Elton Live From Planet Earth

    In 2011, Ben Elton returned to live variety TV comedy in the form of Live From Planet Earth, an hour long show on Australia’s Nine network. It featured Ben as host, introducing sketches and performances from a cast of regular contributors, in much the same way Saturday Live had done in the UK back in…

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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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