Tag: Video Arts

  • Video Arts
    Video Arts

    Here’s an early mention of Video Arts, the production company co-founded by John Cleese, that has made a myriad of training videos, all starring names and faces from TV comedy through the years. By 1975, the BBC had bought a dozen of these training films, and broadcast them as The Selling Line. The Selling Line […]

  • The Balance Sheet Barrier
    The Balance Sheet Barrier

    There’s a book to be written, or a series of blogs at least, about Video Arts. John Cleese was the co-founder, and for decades now they have been using top comedy talent to make corporate and training videos. I mentioned the ones that Rik and Ade did in Proctology, but here’s a teaser of the […]

  • Oh What The Hell
    Oh What The Hell

    Some day there will be complete archive of all the corporate and training videos that Video Arts ever made. The company was co-founded by John Cleese, and their output features almost every comedy actor and comedian you might think of. One such title is Oh What The Hell, from 1984, which teaches the dangers of […]

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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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