Press Clippings

Here is a collection of the latest previews, reviews and articles related to British comedy which have been published by newspapers and blogs from around the world. Don't forget to look at our news section for the significant stories - these won't be repeated here.

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David Walliams tried out material for his new sketch show last night.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 3rd September 2015

Ruby Robinson

Ruby Robinson has plenty of laugh-out loud moments but even without them it is an elegant thing to look at, at times as much a piece of dance/mime as a piece of comedy. Ooops, I've nearly put you off there by mentioning dance/mime. Just watch it.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 3rd September 2015

Mount Pleasant

Earlier this year, I visited the set of Mount Pleasant in Manchester to find out what's in store as the show enters its fifth series. Here's what Sally Lindsay and Dan Ryan had to say...

Written by Elliot Gonzalez. I Talk Telly, 3rd September 2015

Boy Meets Girl

The first thing I notice when I meet Rebecca Root is her smile.

Written by A.J. Higginson. Huffington Post, 3rd September 2015

Boy Meets Girl

New BBC Two comedy Boy Meets Girl stars transgender actress Rebecca Root as romantic lead Judy, who falls in love with Leo. So what does Rebecca's role mean to the trans community, including friend and transgender rights activist Paris Lees?

Written by Sophie Maden. BBC TV Blog, 3rd September 2015

Boy Meets Girl

The man behind the BBC's first transgender comedy reveals why he wrote it - and why his mother watched it in stony silence.

Written by Elliott Kerrigan. The Radio Times, 3rd September 2015

Cradle To Grave

Laurie Kynaston - who plays the teenage Danny Baker - and Danny Baker himself told BBC Breakfast about the challenges of transferring the book to screen.

BBC Breakfast, 3rd September 2015

Boy Meets Girl

Elliott Kerrigan talks about his experiences of making Boy Meets Girl and the people he's met along the way.

Written by Elliott Kerrigan. BBC Writersroom, 3rd September 2015

Cradle To Grave

"Peter, yes, Bolton to his boots - but he's also an actor... He always wanted to be like his hero Ronnie Barker and he has that quality - I think he's the natural heir to that sort of actor".

Written by Ben Dowell and Terry Payne. The Radio Times, 3rd September 2015

Cradle To Grave

In this charming sitcom, it's the 1970s and 15-­year­-old Danny guides us through the ups and down of life growing up in a council flat in Bermondsey.

Written by Sara Wallis. The Mirror, 3rd September 2015

If you're struggling to give up smoking for good, then maybe a stand-up comedian could do the trick? Bill Bailey, Al Murray, Rhod Gilbert and Shappi Khorsandi have joined up with Stoptober for this year's mass quit campaign next month.

Written by Tom Eames. Digital Spy, 3rd September 2015

Boy Meets Girl

Boy Meets Girl is a comedy, but you probably won't laugh aloud. Though equally probably you might end up wearing a soppy smile, because it's a sweet, thoroughly modern love story.

Leo (Harry Hepple), jobless and still living at home in Newcastle with his parents and his slacker brother, meets an older woman, Judy, in a bar. The attraction is instant, she's funny and friendly, and Leo falls head first.

But on their first date, Judy (Rebecca Root) throws a surprise into the conversation. As Boy Meets Girl is clearly anxious to be seen as a romance, rather than any kind of trailblazer, it feels, from time to time, a bit slender. But the leads will win you over.

Alison Graham, The Radio Times, 3rd September 2015

Cradle To Grave

In the 1970s, young Danny Bakers chaotic east London home was always packed with knocked-off gear secured by his lairy geezer of a docker dad. Once, most memorably, continental quilts (that's duvets to you, young people): "It was like living in a huge bag of marshmallows," says 15-year-old Danny in the voiceover.

Baker and writer Jeff Pope have adapted Baker's autobiography Going to Sea in a Sieve into this cheerful eight-part comedy, headed by Peter Kay who ditches those rich Lancashire tones for a gorblimey cockney accent as dad Spud.

Spud always has an eye to the main chance, pinching from the cargo holds of ships he unloads at the docks. There's a funny scene when he and his mates steal a snifter from a barrel of what they think contains booze. "Trust me," says Spud, to his understandably sceptical friends.

Alison Graham, The Radio Times, 3rd September 2015

Ruby Robinson

The first in Sky Arts' Physical Comedy season, in which a host of stars both established and up-and-coming feature in a series of silent comedy shows. Among those set to appear are Johnny Vegas, Frank Skinner, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, as well as Jocelyn Jee Esien and Marek Larwood. Tonight's opener stars Kim Cattrall as Ruby, who lives in a huge ramshackle house along with a troupe of acrobats who perform dazzling physical feats. It was written by Mike Wozniak, who also co-stars.

David Stubbs, The Guardian, 3rd September 2015

Boy Meets Girl

A game-changing new sitcom, mixing a sherbet-sweet, Gavin & Stacey-style plot with not-so-typical leads: transgender woman Judy (Rebecca Root) and her younger suitor Leo (Harry Hepple). In this opening episode, the first hurdle for the new pairing isn't gender-related - rather, it's that Leo's mum is fuming at their 14-year age gap. After E4's LGBT anthology Banana featured a transgender character humiliated by her ex, it's refreshing to see a more positive trans-themed story on TV, and an adorable one at that.

Hannah J Davies, The Guardian, 3rd September 2015

Cradle To Grave

Given his gift for sprawling anecdotage, chopping the adolescent life of Danny Baker into half-hourly chunks must have been some task, but that's exactly what Baker and Jeff Pope have done here, telling the tale of Baker's Bermondsey circa 1974. With family life dominated by uncompromising patriarch Fred (played arrestingly by Peter Kay), teenage life is far from easy for the wideboy wordsmith. Despite a premise not dissimilar to Only Fools And Horses precursor Rock & Chips, this is a promising period piece.

Mark Gibbings-Jones, The Guardian, 3rd September 2015

Boy Meets Girl

"It's not that most people are mean, it's just that they don't know any trans people. And after this, everyone will feel like they know one." So said Paris Lees, journalist and transgender rights activist, at a preview screening of Boy Meets Girl.

Chortle, 2nd September 2015

Boy Meets Girl

It may be a new acting job for Rebecca Root, who has worked in numerous stage and TV roles during her professional life, but this one comes with an added level of responsibility by nature of the intensely personal and groundbreaking story of the lead character being a trans person.

Written by Cliff Joannou. Attitude Magazine, 2nd September 2015

Cradle To Grave

It's just plain weird to watch actors playing out your own life, says Danny Baker of new comedy Cradle To Grave, BBC Two's adaptation of his autobiography. And at the same time "frankly, quite tremendous".

Written by Frankie Wilson, Alice Sykes & Laurie Kynaston. BBC TV Blog, 2nd September 2015

Hank Zipzer

In this week's My Peccadillo, Henry Winkler (aka the Fonz!) reveals why he mourns the time not spent fly fishing.

Written by Henry Winkler. The Big Issue, 2nd September 2015

Deal Or No Deal is to celebrate its tenth birthday on Channel 4 with a surprise twist for host Noel Edmonds - he will be playing the game while Sarah Millican is to be the guest host.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 2nd September 2015

A special event is to take place on September 8 to mark what would have been Peter Sellers' ninetieth birthday.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 2nd September 2015

Cradle To Grave

This will probably get a lot of attention because of the casting of Kay as a Londoner. Bolton's most famous son does pretty well with the accent. So well at times, in fact, I did wonder briefly at first if Baker's actual voice had been dubbed over Kay's northern twang. It's not exactly a role Kay was born to play, but after a while you forget that he normally sounds for Corrie than EastEnder. Huge fun and good soundtrack too.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 2nd September 2015

Boy Meets Girl

Actress Rebecca Root, who plays Judy in new BBC2 comedy Boy Meets Girl, says that her character's line about "never having a release date" resonated the most with her personal experience.

Written by Ben Dowell. The Radio Times, 2nd September 2015

Sue Perkins, the comedian and co-host of The Great British Bake Off on BBC2, has revealed that she has been living with a brain tumour for the past eight years.

The Guardian, 2nd September 2015

Georgina Baillie is no longer the gothic wild child and is working as an actress in London.

Written by Katy Forrester. The Mirror, 2nd September 2015

Timeless comedy sketches from a dazzling wordsmith.

Written by Chris Maume. The Independent, 2nd September 2015

Sir Lenny Henry on the lack of diversity on TV, how Comic Relief changed his life - and not being "everybody's cup of tea".

Written by Adrian Lobb. The Big Issue, 1st September 2015

Last week there were reports that both the "historical" comedy Blackadder and the relationship dramedy Cold Feet might be returning to our TV screens. If you're like me, your original reaction is "Yes, please!" But after thinking about it for a few seconds, I've come to believe one must tread carefully when it comes to bringing back a beloved and popular series. Let's think this through.

Written by Carmen Croghan. Carmen Croghan's blog, 1st September 2015

Danny & The Human Zoo

No one drama can hope to be all things to all people, so it's more than a shame that Danny And The Human Zoo is likely to be the only black drama we see for many years. That is, until the BBC's charter comes up for renewal again.

Written by Alice Charles. Huffington Post, 1st September 2015

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