Tag: Norman Lear

  • The Lenny Henry Show
    The Lenny Henry Show

    The Lenny Henry Show enjoyed a very rare repeat last night on BBC Four, and it’s still up on iPlayer. It’s remarkable that this series isn’t more widely available, or available at all. The title has been used in a number of different ways through the years, on TV as the sketch show, and then […]

  • Till Death Us Do Part Nearly Transferred To ITV
    Till Death Us Do Part Nearly Transferred To ITV

    I was having a look for clippings about Till Death Us Do Part being sold to Norman Lear and CBS, when I came across this rather remarkable article in The Stage, dated Thursday 22nd February 1968, just a week after (what was announced at the time as) the final episode of the BBC show. This […]

  • The Norman Lear Channel
    The Norman Lear Channel

    Just a heads up, Norman Lear has a channel on YouTube, and it posts all sorts of stuff, from whole episodes of classic US sitcoms that are hard to find here in the UK, to clips from shows.

  • For 4 Tonight
    For 4 Tonight

    A title that’s a mouthful, and difficult to get your tongue around, For 4 Tonight was a Channel 4 show, created by Ruby Wax, starring George Irving and Rachel Bell. It aired on the network in the autumn of 1983, and was directed by Michael Dolenz (yes, that one). Stay tuned for the disconcerting 80s […]

  • Whoopi

    It’s always interesting to look at how a show was promoted and received at the time of broadcast. Whoopi Goldberg had previously starred in a sitcom for CBS, Bagdad Cafe, but she returned to the format in 2003 for NBC’s Whoopi. Continuing the bewildering tradition of naming a sitcom after the star, who in turn […]

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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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