Sunday 27th June 2021
Difference is good. Experimentation is to be lauded. But in a handful of cases, television sitcoms have made difference itself their raison d'être, rather than a factor in their storytelling.
Sunday 13th June 2021
You don't really see them these days: those odd, idiosyncratic, seldom-speaking comic characters whose entire raison d'être is to be the recurring butt of a well-known comedian's jokes. Go back forty years or more, however, and they were a common sight. Graham McCann looks at the careers of Jackie Wright, Johnny Vyvyan, Arthur Tolcher and Johnny Hutch.
Sunday 18th April 2021
Sunday 21st March 2021
Having addressed Billy Connolly's knack for adaptation, Comedy Chronicles takes a look at another form of joke "theft": appropriation, and the secret story of US comedy on British radio.