Tag: Marks And Gran

  • Goodnight Sweetheart
    Goodnight Sweetheart

    Goodnight Sweetheart was a sitcom with an interesting, and difficult premise. In their commentaries for the first series, Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran talk about how important it was to cast someone like Nicholas Lyndhurst as Gary Sparrow. Only someone as likeable as him could really pull it off. And they were right. In Shooting…

  • Relative Strangers
    Relative Strangers

    Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of Channel Four, and over on the excellent Broken TV site, there’s a series of articles about the 40 most watched shows in the channel’s history. It contains a few surprises, but the one that struck me the most was that none of Four’s best-remembered home-grown sitcoms made the list.…

  • Clips And Ladders
    Clips And Ladders

    We’ve looked at the sitcom Snakes And Ladders before, written as it was by the brilliant Marks And Gran, and co-starring Adrian Edmondson. Here’s how the first episode of the series was reviewed by James Green in The Stage, on the 12th October 1989 (just a few days before the writers’ other sitcom, Birds Of…

  • Snakes & Ladders
    Snakes & Ladders

    Sometimes Twitter is lovely, and someone you follow shows you something that you didn’t know about. Yesterday, that meant CuriousBritishTelly directing me to a sitcom I know nothing about, to my surprise. Snakes & Ladders was written by Marks & Gran, and starred Adrian Edmondson and John Gordon-Sinclair. It was on Channel 4 in the…

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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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