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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Doc Martin

There's something slightly less restful than usual about that woolly-pully of a show, Doc Martin (Saturday, 8.10pm, TV One) - the knowledge that this is the final series and the wretched man has limited time to sort himself out.

Written by Jane Clifton., 1st December 2015

Cold Feet

Cold Feet, the quintessential 1990s rom-com series, is coming back to ITV. Oh no, says one-time mega-fan Sarah Hughes, reviving a show that was so of its time can only end badly.

Written by Sarah Hughes. The Independent, 1st December 2015

Dad's Army

BBC sensitivity was such that for years we were deprived of this triumphant episode. It was off our screens for 42 years until 2012, its IRA subplot deemed too controversial. But the Irish question is very much an aside to an instalment so packed with gags, misunderstandings and drama that it fairly takes the breath away.

Contrasting phone manner offers a lot of initial fun: Wilson's hilariously fey "Hullo?"; a submissive Mainwaring deafened by his wife's receiver slamming. Soon the platoon teeters on the brink of mutiny (over a pub darts match, but there is real acrimony), Jones comes to regret his under-the-counter offer to the captain and Hodges muscles in on Mavis Pike. Is Wilson too much the gentleman to intervene?

You'll laugh, you'll be tense, you'll worry about 74-year-old Arnold Ridley getting roughed up by a burly henchman.

Mark Braxton, The Radio Times, 30th November 2015

Shot on location in Crawley and Brighton, the NHS film shows a heavily disguised Dom Joly blighted by various minor ailments that he refuses to accept aren't worthy of being considered a medical emergency.

Crawley News, 30th November 2015

Sandi Toksvig has revealed that she got 'quite a lot of death threats' which forced her into hiding when she came out as gay.

Chortle, 29th November 2015

WC Fields, a most defiantly disreputable comedian, has fallen out of the public consciousness, but the 75th anniversary of his masterpiece film The Bank Dick seems like a good time to salute one of the 20th-century's most original comic talents.

Written by Martin Chilton. The Telegraph, 29th November 2015

Dapper Laughs: On The Pull

Controversial comedian Dapper Laughs is reportedly set to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house.

The Mirror, 29th November 2015


Some QI fans complain when an episode contains too much sex or raunchy humour in it. However, when an episode covers the subject of mating you can't say you haven't been warned.

Written by Ian Wolf. On The Box, 29th November 2015

What A Performance! Pioneers Of Popular Entertainment

This lively three-part series sees comedian Frank Skinner and music presenter Suzy Klein go back in time to the days before TVs entered our living rooms in 1955.

And it's not just a dry historical programme - they even have a go at creating vintage entertainment themselves!

"We tell the story from the music hall era of the 19th century through to the golden age of variety and the working men's clubs of the 1950s," says Frank, 58.

"We find out all we can about the great acts of the past - a time when Britain really did have talent."

In the opening episode, Frank and Suzy focus on music halls, and famous names such as Marie Lloyd and Champagne Charlie.

They study their acts and try their hand at performing them at the end of the show. "It's harder than it looks," laughs Frank.

Susanna Galton, The Mirror, 28th November 2015

The BBC is to broadcast a radio play about Angela Morley, the transgender Oscar-winning composer who before her male-to-female transition was known as Wally Stott, who composed music for radio comedies Hancock's Half Hour and The Goon Show.

Written by Adam Sherwin. The Independent, 28th November 2015

The comic, real name Matthew Hall is hoping to bring his madcap comic creation back to the channel three years after ending Harry Hill's TV Burp.

Written by Ben Dowell. The Radio Times, 28th November 2015

Donald Trump tried to be witty on Saturday Night Live, Barack Obama has honed his own standup style and Boris Johnson continues to play the clown. But are politicos' attempts at humour amusing, or even appropriate?

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 27th November 2015


Internet users in the Lincolnshire countryside may not be shocked - but the Moon has faster broadband than rural areas of Britain. The staggering statement was made in 1,234 QI Facts To Leave You Speechless.

Lincolnshire Echo, 27th November 2015

The Graham Norton Show

7 times Benedict Cumberbatch proved he's the best Graham Norton guest.

Written by Sarah Doran. The Radio Times, 27th November 2015

Citizen Khan

Bumbling, bumptious Mr Khan adds entrepreneurial restaurateur to his CV by opening a fried chicken shop. There's just one problem: he's dipped deep into the Khan pension fund to pay for the finger-licking franchise, so has to keep it a secret from his wife, even as he recruits family and friends as staff. Will Mrs Khan's new obsession with tango help him dance around the subject? Adil Ray's broad Brummie sitcom continues, with Ronni Ancona guest-starring as an amorous fast-food-fryer with designs on Amjad.

Graeme Virtue, The Guardian, 27th November 2015

You, Me And The Apocalypse

Well, everything's coming into focus now as we head into the final straight. Or at least we have a pretty good idea of how most of our disparate gang end up in the Slough bunker.

Written by Sarah Hughes. Frame Rated, 26th November 2015

Toast Of London

My favourite part of a Toast of London episode, though, is always the small, irrelevant gags. There's a small joke about pubs constantly asking you how large your glass of wine should be, jokes about reticent house-mates, jokes about pretty much everything other than and including the topic of the episode. There's even a whole arc about home-brewing alcohol.

Written by Sam Polti. On The Box, 26th November 2015

Peep Show

Peep Show series 9 continues in fine form as Mark hosts a hellish dinner party and Jeremy's game of genital Jenga comes tumbling down...

Written by DC. Den of Geek, 26th November 2015

The BBC Trust has approved proposals to move BBC Three online, on the condition that the channel's long-form programmes will be shown on BBC One and Two.

BBC News, 26th November 2015

Peep Show

We didn't see that one coming. ​Eleven years after Peep Show​'s Mark ditched the girl of his dreams April at Dartford University, suddenly there she was - making a surprise comeback in last night's episode.​

Digital Spy, 26th November 2015

John Cleese has blasted the BBC as he insisted he has no interest in returning to TV.

Written by Alistair McGeorge. The Mirror, 26th November 2015


In which we find out whether Andy got the Botswana job or not - the result of which must be a sign, he thinks. (Lance: "There's no such thing as 'signs'." Andy: "There are when you want them to be.") Meanwhile, Terry calls an emergency meeting about Peter: is our German visitor really a filthy, gold-plundering "nighthawk"? The Danebury Metal Detecting Club elects to set up a sting operation in the early hours, but can they stay awake long enough to catch the Dirt Sharks and co red-handed?

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 26th November 2015

Peep Show

The season so far has been marked by a heightened level of energy and general 'wackiness', which carries on in this episode, possibly one of the most chaotic and fast-paced episodes of the entire 9 series. It will probably annoy a few purists, as the set-ups become ever more far-fetched, but I can forgive it if the lines are as funny as these - Jeremy's explanation of his new sexual status, and Mark's discomfort as he tries to eat his yoghurt was fantastic.

Written by Joshua Worth. On The Box, 25th November 2015


Good news - it looks like Josh Widdicombe's sitcom might have finally found its feed in this third episode.

Written by Ian Wolf. On The Box, 25th November 2015

Toast Of London

Here's a quick 5-point list detailing why Toast of London is the funniest show out there.

Written by Jason Palmer. Entertainment Focus, 25th November 2015

Peep Show

Peep Show is brilliant and has been consistently brilliant apart from one poor series. If memory serves, it was the sixth where Mark tries to come to terms with being a father. That plot didn't work and the show has wisely kept mentions of his son to a minimum since, although that might be because the baby's mother was played by Olivia Colman and she's now off in Broadchurch, weeping in an orange anorak.

So this series has brought back all the classic elements: Mark and Jez are living together again, both single, dissatisfied and arguing about the boiler's settings. It is restored to its angsty, tetchy brilliance.

Viewers might have been surprised by last week's revelations about Jeremy's love life - with him suddenly announcing he had sex with a man, having always been strictly heterosexual apart from one woozy memory of a drugged encounter with Super Hans - and so this week attention turns to Mark's affairs of the heart which are always far more predictable.

April, the girl Mark met in a shoe shop and pursued/stalked at her university, is launching a book. Mark uses this as an excuse to get in touch, but is discomfited when she asks if she can bring her husband along.

Julie McDowall, The National, 25th November 2015

Toast Of London

Justin Kurzel's new take on Shakespeare's finest gets a resounding two thumbs down from veteran actor Steven Toast. Mind you, he only watched the trailer.

Written by Matt Berry. The Guardian, 25th November 2015


The team behind the hit BBC TV quiz QI have released a new book packed with facts that will make your jaw drop.

The Daily Express, 25th November 2015

Bridget Jones's Diary

What Helen Fielding has actually created is an ultimately pathetic and highly dependent character.

Written by Helen Elston. The Student Newspaper, 25th November 2015

Kind Hearts And Coronets

Hamer's blade-sharp Ealing comedy is celebrated for Alec Guinness's multifaceted performance as all eight of the doomed D'Ascoynes, but there are other treasures: the suave malice of Dennis Price's draper's assistant-cum-serial killer, Mazzini, who decides to murder his way to the family dukedom; the portrayal of Edwardian England and its snobby mores; and the delicious glee with which the awful upper classes are dispatched (Mazzini would know how to deal with the Bullingdon crowd). A bitter and subversive tale.

Paul Howlett, The Guardian, 25th November 2015



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