Tag: Brush Strokes

  • We’ll Think Of Something, Jacko
    We’ll Think Of Something, Jacko

    Sam Kelly has appeared in a number of excellent comedy roles in his time, not least as Warren in Porridge and Hans in ‘Allo ‘Allo. It’s rather suprirsing then that he never really got a chance to lead a sitcom, given those great performances. But he was the starring role in ITV’s We’ll Think Of…

  • Jacko’s Jackets
    Jacko’s Jackets

    When you think of Jacko in Brush Strokes, you probably, like me, picture him in the brown leather jacket that he wears in the title sequence. What you may not remember is that this jacket has removable sleeves. Or that througout the first series you’re more likely to see Jacko wearing this jacket. Rarely, he…

  • Jacko’s Real Name
    Jacko’s Real Name

    I’m binge-watching Brush Strokes. Because of you. Created by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, the show aired on BBC One from 1986 to 1991. It had some serial, soap-like elements, which may have accounted for its large viewing figures. It’s charming, and worth a revisit. I wish I could find the Comic Relief sketch from…

  • Dizzy Heights And Spaghetti Hoops
    Dizzy Heights And Spaghetti Hoops

    There’s something nice about YouTube offering up some random continuity to enjoy, and then having a look around at all the things trailed, and all the other things that were on that day that weren’t mentioned. Take this one for example. It begins with the end of an episode of Yes Minister called Open Government.…

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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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