Tag: Not The Nine O'Clock News

  • Comedy Is … All About Timing
    Comedy Is … All About Timing

    Here’s the third installment of Comedy Is … an audio essay that uses a show from the late 1990s line-up on the Paramount Comedy Channel as a springboard to talk about the history of television comedy, and explore the wider social context of these shows, and what they mean to me on a more personal level. This time round,…

  • The Gift Shop
    The Gift Shop

    Writing sketches can be cathartic. Let’s all go and write a venting a spleen type sketch set in a shop.

  • Dick Head For President
    Dick Head For President


  • Not Necessarily Rowan Atkinson
    Not Necessarily Rowan Atkinson

    This is interesting. A rare interview with Rowan Atkinson, this time for Good Morning America, in which he plugs Blackadder and the new ‘pilot’ Mr Bean. Here’s the US version of Not The Nine O’Clock News he mentions.

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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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