• Tygo Road
    Tygo Road

    I once thought of myself as a voracious viewer of sitcoms, but the more I explore the world of old newspapers and guides, the more I realise there are huge gaps in my … knowledge isn’t the right word … but, you know … that thing. So it’s less of a surprise than it once…

  • Edinburgh Fringe ’79 – The Year Of Radio Active Rowan
    Edinburgh Fringe ’79 – The Year Of Radio Active Rowan

    The build up to the Fringe in Edinburgh in 1979 was all about moving and booming. At least, that’s what The Stage was reporting on the 3rd May. To give this some context, in 2014, over 2,500 companies took part. The final figure for 1979 was 324, giving a total of 4,180 performances. This also…

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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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