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"When I grew up, my race was not a thing. My identity was in my class."
Written by Ben Dowell. The Radio Times, 6th October 2015
Ben Dowell hails a very explicit - but also super funny - comedy from hot new talent Michaela Coel in this spoiler-free preview.
Written by Ben Dowell. The Radio Times, 6th October 2015
A stage show based on Shaun Of The Dead has been axed because of a dispute over rights.
Chortle, 6th October 2015
This new comedy drama from Jonny Sweet follows listless singleton Ellen and bumbling berk Tom, participants in a brief encounter who, despite sharing an undeniable attraction, seem destined to flitter around each other like drunk moths. In this opening episode, a smitten Tom joins Ellen's painting class, despite his previous artistic endeavours mainly being in the medium of Crayola. Despite neither lead character proving particularly sympathetic, this slow burner offers enough warmth to warrant a return visit.
Huw Fullerton enjoys Jonny Sweet's new sitcom, which follows the fortunes of two young people living in London struggling to find their place in the world - and realising they're better together...
Written by Huw Fullerton. The Radio Times, 6th October 2015
Hart's co-star Sarah Hadland reveals that the Miranda creator is "thinking about" a future movie.
Written by Ellie Walker-Arnott. The Radio Times, 5th October 2015
Mrs Brown's Boys star Gary Hollywood has confirmed he and the cast have just completed recording their two Christmas specials for the BBC.
Written by Beverley Lyons. The Daily Record, 5th October 2015
A pregnant mother was laughing so hard during Michael McIntyre's comedy show that she gave birth to her 'miracle' baby girl six weeks early.
Written by Steph Cockroft. The Daily Mail, 5th October 2015
Written by Gwilym Mumford. The Guardian, 5th October 2015
Yesterday's blog was a diary piece by comedy critic Kate Copstick, basically about the very tragic plight of child brides in Kenya. At the end, she mentioned (factually) a small kitten she had encountered.
Written by John Fleming. John Fleming's Blog, 5th October 2015
What do you do if a lonely little scruffy dog is stalking you? If you're Doc Martin, after being prevented from giving the mutt a lethal injection, you take it to a hippyish vet, Angela Sim (Caroline Quentin). Chuck in such plot developments as illegal liquor distillation and the perils of self-medication, and that's about as exciting as Doc Martin gets. Impressive, then, that it seems more than the sum of such inconsequential parts, perhaps because the ongoing odd-couple romance between Louisa and Martin anchors the dramedy.
Some books make you feel extremely clever just by holding them. Others, such as the new tome by the brains behind cult BBC quiz show QI, reveal your total stupidity -- and that almost everything you think you know is wrong...
The Daily Mail, 5th October 2015
Comedian Daniel O'Reilly sparked outrage when he was accused of making a joke about rape at one of his gigs last year. Speaking to Stephen Nolan on BBC Radio 5 Live he said: "The most heartbreaking thing is the way they were writing about me in the media was stirring up such opinion from other rape crisis groups."
Written by Stephen Nolan. BBC News, 5th October 2015
I come to the first CBBC programme I think I've ever reviewed for this site however it's one that's quite dear to my heart. As somebody who grew up in the late 1980s/early 1990s Danger Mouse was a show that I probably watched almost every episode of. So it was with great trepidation that I approached the new series that aired all this week on the BBC's children's channel. After suffering through the sub-par Thunderbirds remake I didn't have high hopes but I was pleasantly surprised by what was on offer. Although the graphics were inevitably better than those offered in Danger Mouse's original incarnation everything else about the show remained untouched. I did feel that, unlike Thunderbirds are Go, Danger Mouse offered something for everyone with the central plot appealing to younger viewers whilst older children and parents would've liked the wicked humour employed by writer Ben Ward. I particularly liked the fact that the voice of Come Dine With Me Dave Lamb provided the narration as he added an extra comic touch to proceedings. He was also there to provide a little nod and wink to the audience at home especially at the end when he tried to debunk several aspects of the plot. In voicing DM, Alexander Armstrong had particularly big shoes to fill but I felt he did an admirable job. Although it was quite obvious to picture him providing the voice he still brought a mix of bravado and comic timing needed to pull off the role. However I thought the best contribution came from Kevin Eldon who provided a note-perfect Penfold voice-over which gave some added authenticity to the piece. Although I know I'm not the target audience for Danger Mouse it was nice to see that those behind this reboot didn't insult those who watched the cartoon the first time around. Ultimately this was a show that provided something for everyone and I wouldn't be surprised if it got a weekend repeat on one of the main BBC channels so more people can experience its charm.
The Kennedys had the tough job of following Have I Got News For You on BBC One. The Kennedys is based on the memoirs of journalist Emma Kennedy and just like Danny Baker's Cradle to Grave takes us back to the 1970s. Unlike Cradle to Grave, the family in The Kennedys isn't constantly shouting at each other and instead Emma's parents Brenda and Tony (Katherine Parkinson and Dan Skinner) are relatively demure when compared to their friends and neighbours. The opening episode sees Brenda live her aspirations of hosting the first dinner party in their small neighbourhood of Jessop Square. Brenda then instructs Tony to make a lasange, something that baffles him due to the fact that he has to use pasta that doesn't come from a tin. Tony asks friend Tim (Harry Peacock) to try and help him track down some pasta only to discover that his mate is conducting an affair. At the same time Brenda learns that Tim's girlfriend Jenny (Emma Pierson) is pregnant and hasn't told her other half yet. This perfectly sets up the comedy goldmine that is the awkward dinner party which includes Tim spending the entire meal bare-chested and his lover walking in on the meal to threaten physical violence against most of the guests. I was surprised by how much I liked The Kennedys and I think it had a certain sense of innocence that you don't see in sitcoms any more. That may have something to do with the fact that the comedy has a pre-teen protagonist in Lucy Hutchinson's Emma, with the young actress proving to be a comic revelation. Meanwhile the reliable Skinner and Parkinson were an absolute delight to watch as the social climbing parents with the former pulling off a great Welsh accent. Whether or not The Kennedys can keep the momentum of this first episode going remains to be seen but on first impressions this is a refreshingly likeable old-fashioned sitcom.
Marley's Ghosts which was of a number of original sitcoms that are to be produced by the repeat-heavy network GOLD. Unlike the Sky and NBC collaboration, Marley's Ghosts is an awfully traditional affair albeit one with a far-fetched plot line in which magistrate Marley (Sarah Alexander) finds herself plagued by a plethora of undead faces from her past. The craziness begins when Marley's drunken husband Adam (John Hannah) dies after choking on a chicken bone. When his ghost reappears at his own funeral, Marley starts conversing with him much to the chagrin of her colleague and lover Michael (Nicholas Burns). Michael's fury at Marley's situation leads him to be hit by the car of the inept local vicar (Jo Joyner) with both eventually dying and joining Adam as ghosts only Marley can see. It's clear to see that writer Daniel Peacock has primarily written for children's TV up to this point as Marley's Ghosts has a rather juvenile streak running throughout it. A lot of the jokes are quite obvious however I have to admit that I did chuckle quite a few times especially at a recurring gag involving a pair of randy pensioners. Despite a loopy premise and some corny gags, Marley's Ghosts was strangely watchable thanks primarily to its game cast. I particularly thought that John Hannah gave a better performance than the show deserved as Marley's depressed husband who realised the error of his ways after his death. Similarly impressive was Jo Joyner who gave one of her best post-Eastenders turns to date and she seemed to be having a whale of time as the kooky vicar. While Marley's Ghosts isn't going to win any points for originality it does give me hope that the people at GOLD know what they're doing when it comes to producing original content and I'm looking forward to what they have to offer in the future.
From the off it was quite easy to ascertain that You, Me and The Apocalypse was a co-production between Sky and NBC as it featured several stars from the American network's biggest sitcoms. Despite the big American names the show is narrated by Slough Bank Manager Jamie (Mathew Baynton) who is still nursing a broken heart after his wife mysteriously disappeared shortly after their honeymoon. Things get worse for Jamie when he's arrested for cyber terrorism and discovers that he may have an identical twin who is the head of the organisation. This feeling is confirmed by his mother (Pauline Quirke) who reveals that she adopted him after finding him in a shoebox. As the story is told in flashbacks we also see several the stories of several other people who are sharing a bunker with Jamie as a meteor collides with the Earth. They include a naive nun (Gaia Scodallero) who arrives at the Vatican to work in the office of the Devil Advocate under the foul-mouthed Father Jude (Rob Lowe). Elsewhere we see Rhonda (Jenna Fischer) who takes the rap for a crime committed by her teenage son who hacked into the NSA network. Rhonda is soon befriended by white supremacist Leanne (Megan Mullally) with both ladies escaping prison once the end of the world is announced. The first episode of You, Me and The Apocalypse contained some big ideas and I felt it tackled them well for the most part. Writer Iain Hollands has come a long way since E4's Beaver Falls and has crafted some interesting characters who find themselves in bizarre situations. The cast, primarily the American stars, were great at handling the wittier lines of the script with Lowe and Mullaly being the stand outs for me. However, I was disappointed by Baynton who appeared to be playing the same character he portrayed in The Wrong Mans. Additionally I felt that the pace of the opener was rather slow which probably had something to do with the fact that it will be running for ten episodes. But despite this I would say that You, Me and The Apocalypse does have promise and I'll at least watch one more episode to see how it progresses.
Written by Simon Hattenstone. The Guardian, 4th October 2015
It's a bit twee at times - I was nervously expecting a ukelele to make an appearance towards the end - but I think it is going to grow on me.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 4th October 2015
The comedian and broadcaster who previously presented the Radio 4 panel show says she's "not a person who looks back", but adds she is still passionate about the future of the BBC.
Written by Huw Fullerton. The Radio Times, 4th October 2015
In an exclusive extract from his new memoir, Nick Frost recalls the day his family lost everything- and the night Simon Pegg changed his life.
Written by Nick Frost. The Guardian, 4th October 2015
Comic Jim Davidson may retire to dedicate his time and fortune to aid Forces veterans who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Written by Marco Giannangeli. The Sunday Express, 4th October 2015
A hold-up turned hostage situation in an all-night store is played for laughs.
Written by Mark Kermode. The Observer, 4th October 2015
You, Me and the Apocalypse imagines a near future when an asteroid on a direct collision course with Earth puts the world on the brink of imminent extinction. It is set in Slough, which, ever since The Office, has become a TV comedy byword for plodding mundanity and ironic hyper-normality. It's not the only reference You, Me... has to other television programmes - there are several scenes in a women's prison in New Mexico that bear more than a passing resemblance to Orange Is the New Black.
This aside, You, Me and the Apocalypse is an unexpected delight. I say unexpected because it's not every day you see Pauline Birds of a Feather Quirke co-starring alongside Rob St Elmo's Fire Lowe and the narrative is completely bonkers, incorporating as it does a WikiLeaks-style computer-hacking antagonist, an Italian nun and a foul-mouthed priest whose job it is to be a devil's advocate (literally) and argue against candidates for canonisation.
Like I said: totally batshit.
But it works, partly because the writing is tight and deft and funny and the acting excellent. Rob Lowe is especially good as the priest, Father Jude Sutton, and delivers all the best lines. At one point, he muses over why the phrase "Christ on a bike" might be offensive to Catholics.
"I think he'd be very likely to ride a bike," says Father Sutton. "He seems like that kind of a guy to me. What else would he show up in - a stretch hummer?"
It's a very promising first episode. I do feel a bit sorry for Slough though.
The Kennedys was not, in fact, the soapy American biopic drama starring Katie Holmes as Jackie O, but a new family sitcom set in the 1970s. The opening episode was introduced by the 10-year-old Emma (Lucy Hutchison), a Star Wars-obsessed tomboy who witnesses her parents' attempts to host a newfangled, mysterious thing called "a dinner party".
Much hilarious japery is meant to ensue. But it's basically just a series of cliched jokes about the 70s. When Mrs Kennedy, played by the ever-brilliant Katherine Parkinson, says she intends to make a lasagne, there is the obligatory "pasta in it and not in a tin? That's madness!"
Of course, one of the guests turns up with a cheddar and pineapple hedgehog. There's a Space Hopper in the garden, a joke about a woman's breasts cushioning her fall and an exotic foodstuff called "garlic bread", which Emma's father tries to make out of sliced white Mother's Pride. If the past is a foreign country, this was the televisual equivalent of poking fun at Johnny Foreigner.
Still, it's a sitcom and probably doesn't aspire to be subtle or genre-busting. The Kennedys does what it says on the (pasta) tin and it's jolly and well acted. Probably worth sticking with for Katherine Parkinson alone.
I've always rated Jonny Sweet, only ever really knowing him from small parts, however I'm sure that after Together airs a lot more people will know who he is and the roles he gets offered will only get bigger.
Written by Elliot Gonzalez. I Talk Telly, 3rd October 2015
Twenty seven years, umpteen light years, several different realities and a curry monster later, and Red Dwarf is now officially the second longest running sci-fi series of all time (it'd be first if it weren't for that pesky Doctor).
Written by Emma Dibdin and Tom Eames. Digital Spy, 3rd October 2015
Overall, this wasn't HIGNFY's finest (half) hour. However, it still provided a neat blend of political satire, slapstick and incisive political comment that is sorely missing on TV. Not too bad for a show entering its twenty-fifth year.
Written by Rhys Thompson. The Nouse, 3rd October 2015
How did a US-raised 'barbarian at the gates' and one-time National Guardsman blend so well with a bunch of slick Oxbridge types to create the Monty Python team? Terry Gilliam looks back.
Written by Terry Gilliam. The Independent, 3rd October 2015
In an exclusive extract from his new book, Steve Coogan looks back on failure, rehab and becoming Alan Partridge.
Written by Steve Coogan. The Guardian, 3rd October 2015