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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Perkins gives a spirited reading of Melissa Bubnic's Return to Sender - a modern story of shopaholic Daisy who meets a kindred spirit called Zara but with disastrous results. But there is also a line neatly inserted into the tale about The Great British Bake Off that ices this particular cake very nicely indeed.

Written by Ben Dowell. The Radio Times, 1st October 2014

The former Wimbledon champion will show his funny side in a Stand Up To Cancer spoof where he oversees auditions for roles in the film of his life with Richard Ayoade, Gordon Ramsay, Michael Sheen, Rory McIlroy, Sir Terry Wogan, Pharrell Williams, Britney Spears and many more taking part.

Written by Ben Dowell. The Radio Times, 1st October 2014

Millie Inbetween

This comedy series about about a girl whose parents have just split up aims to explore difficult issues - and cross over to adults.

Written by Maggie Brown. The Guardian, 1st October 2014

Gary: Tank Commander

Greg McHugh will fly out to Los Angeles this month for meetings with top industry figures to discuss a remake of Gary: Tank Commander for an American network audience.

Written by Paul English. The Daily Record, 1st October 2014

Scrotal Recall

Underneath its laddish title is a new comedy with a surprising amount of heart.

Written by Jake Laverde. Den Of Geek, 1st October 2014


A new BBC comedy revolving around the bizarre world of metal detecting starts tomorrow and has already divided the nation's enthusiasts.

Written by Adrian Lee. The Express, 1st October 2014


Mackenzie Crook talks about Detectorists, his affectionate BBC Four sitcom which salutes the male hobby.

Written by Chris Harvey. The Telegraph, 1st October 2014


The adult storybook series continues a strong season with this second tranche of tales. Ben Miller is up first, reading Alexander Kirk's Man's Best Friend, a decidedly weird yarn about a Victorian gent (hilariously acted out by the always brilliant Kevin Eldon) who transplants the brain of his much-loved dog into the body of a beautiful woman.

Then comes Sue Perkins doing Melissa Bubnic's Return to Sender, a modern tale of a shophaholic called Daisy who meets a kindred spirit - but with disastrous results.

These stories are oddly moral as well as decidedly wacky, and fans will not be disappointed. There is also a Bake Off line inserted into Perkins's story that ices this particular cake very nicely indeed.

Ben Dowell, Radio Times, 1st October 2014

Box office receipts for female stand-up comedians in the UK now account for 14% of all sales, up from just 2% in 2009, according to a new Ticketmaster report.

BBC News, 1st October 2014


The creator of QI, the hit BBC trivia show, has said that the show could one day open a school to spread its playful learning philosophy into education.

Written by Alex Hardy. The Times, 30th September 2014


The Detectorists star Toby Jones, 48, talks betrayal, guilt - and what happened when he met Bruce Springsteen.

Written by Jane Graham. The Big Issue, 30th September 2014

In preparation for his new film Life on the Road, The Office creator has released a studio recording of "Slough" - his very particular tribute to his home town...

Written by Ben Dowell. The Radio Times, 30th September 2014

Toast Of London

As Matt Berry's Steven Toast prepares to return to Channel 4 for another slice of the absurdist luvvie caper, we take a sneak peak of what is in store...

Written by Ben Dowell. The Radio Times, 30th September 2014

The Revolution Will Be Televised

So what do you do when you've mercilessly mocked Britain's most famous politicians and their security teams have probably got pictures of you as their smartphone screensavers? Pretty obvious really. You do what Sacha Baron Cohen did when Ali G's pranks made him too recognisable over here and head to the USA.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 30th September 2014


The tone is so understated it is almost hard to call this a comedy, but in the first scene-setting episode one can see the makings of a lively comic narrative.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 30th September 2014

Horrible Histories

The BBC Trust has criticised Horrible Histories for giving the impression that Florence Nightingale was racist.

BBC News, 30th September 2014

Dapper Laughs: On The Pull

The terrifying aim is to create more men like the titular geezer himself; a vain, sleazy pick-up guy who sees women as little more than 'gash' or 'vadge'.

Written by Steve Bennett. Chortle, 30th September 2014

The liberation of copyright for parody and satire was conveyed beautifully by the BBC interviewing a man wearing a cassette tape on his head.

Written by Ally Fogg. The Guardian, 30th September 2014

Never Mind The Buzzcocks

After five series of guests in the hot seat, Never Mind The Buzzcocks finally has a permanent host again - and it seems he's gone down pretty well.

Written by Daniella Graham. Metro, 30th September 2014

Bad Education

It's sports day at Abbey Grove School and fearsome South African PE teacher Preet (a brilliant Harry Peacock) returns to make Alfie's life a total misery. All the running and jumping enables Jack Whitehall to show what a good physical comedian he is, as Alfie gets pummelled and pursued by the amorous, psychotic newcomer. There's the additional embarrassment of having his Dad (Harry Enfield) on hand.

This is predictable and silly comedy, but there's a charm and warmth at its heart (especially in Alfie's solicitousness towards his students) that carries the day. The boy's an idiot, but at least he's a nice, funny one.

Ben Dowell, Radio Times, 30th September 2014


It's Christmas 2014. Stephen Fry, the host of QI, wears three tasteful poinsettia flowers on his lapel. On set, glittery snowmen flank the panel. Behind the scenes Carrie Fisher, a guest panelist, feeds her dog Gary a stuffing ball from the turkey buffet. Well, it's not actually Christmas -- it's summer 2014 and ice-cream weather outside.

Written by Alex Hardy. The Times, 30th September 2014

Imagine turning up to perform a gig in Hertford, only to realise you had travelled 150 miles away to Hereford instead. That is was what happened to comedian Seann Walsh, who was forced to cancel the gig when he realised his mistake.

BBC 5 Live, 29th September 2014

Changes to UK law come into force this week allowing people to use copyright material from films, TV shows and songs in order to parody them. One part of the anonymous Cassetteboy, a pair of YouTube users who make "mash-up" comedy sketches, told the BBC that "the change in the law is a step in the right direction, but it could go further."

BBC News, 29th September 2014

Changes to UK legislation are to come into force later this week allowing the parody of copyright works. The new law will come into effect on 1 October.

BBC News, 29th September 2014

Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish

I was intending to let this whole episode pass without comment but it's somehow ended up in a place where some serious allegations have been made and I think they're worth addressing. In the show, I spent quite a bit of time dissecting the writing of a journalist and author called Neil Sean...

Written by Dave Gorman. 29th September 2014

Black Mirror

Jon Hamm, Rafe Spall and Oona Chaplin are confirmed to co-star in the Black Mirror feature-length special due on Channel 4 this Christmas.

Channel 4 Press, 29th September 2014

The trouble with autobiographies of stand-up comedians is that if you are a big enough fan to shell out for them you are probably going to be familiar with many of the stories in them. This is the case with Paul Merton's eagerly anticipated story. I've followed him from the start, interviewed him a few times and felt a keen sense of deja vu while reading his book.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 29th September 2014

Frankie Boyle certainly has a pretty good idea of what people think of him: "There are many people who consider me a cunt." I'd love to see a vote on that to see if this programme changes people's opinions at all. Somehow I doubt it.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond The Joke, 29th September 2014

The same sketch performed over and over, an ensemble competing to go solo, and a show rewritten live on stage ... Brian Logan meets the young guns rebooting sketch comedy.

Written by Brian Logan. The Guardian, 29th September 2014

Risque comic Roy 'Chubby' Brown has opened his heart about his cancer battle.

Written by Sarah Nichol, Michael Marsh. The Mirror, 29th September 2014



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