Radio Times review

Is there any life left in Trollied? After all, when loads of original cast members leave a show, it usually ends up being the kiss of death. Look what happened to ER, New Tricks and - of course - the greatest ensemble drama of all time: Monarch of the Glen.

But despite the fact that the likes of Jane Horrocks and Mark Addy are now long gone, there's still some fun to be had in this series opener, mainly thanks to the introduction of Sarah Parish as the owner of a budget supermarket called Lauda (hmmm, wonder what the inspiration for that could be?), which looks set to be a rival for the mighty Valco.

David Brown, Radio Times, 27th October 2015

BBC would never make Gimme Gimme Gimme now says writer

"They can't be that risky. The climate changed. There's less space to try out something a bit different"

David Brown, Radio Times, 24th August 2015

Do you want to see The Brittas Empire return?

Is there really any need for The Brittas Empire to come back for a rumoured one-off Christmas special?

David Brown, Radio Times, 8th July 2015

Radio Times review

Dan has been caught playing Camp Aisle while invigilating the science GCSE exam. This is a game he invented with "Dave from English" that involves mincing up the lanes between desks in an incrementally camp manner - and a gay student has reported the matter to the head teacher, aka Dan's beloved Emma.

So she sends him on a diversity awareness workshop, a process Dan treats with all the tact and delicacy of a rugby prop in a knitting circle. Meanwhile, enjoyably gaga Jo has a new venture combining celebrity make-up styles in a beauty parlour: punters can combine Halle Berry and Lulu in the 'Halle-Lulu' or try the fearsome-looking 'Beyoncelli' (Beyoncé and Liza Minnelli). But why would they?

David Brown, Radio Times, 15th June 2015

Stand-up Richard Blackwood plays new EastEnders villain

The 42-year-old will play a new Walford villain and is set to first appear next month during the BBC One soap's 30th anniversary week.

David Brown, Radio Times, 17th January 2015

Radio Times review

An exodus of cast members in the last series means that we have lots of new employees to meet. Some, like Colin's nan Rose (Miriam Margolyes) feel too caricatured to be credible, but Stephen Tompkinson as thwarted doctor-turned-pharmacist Brian hits the right note.

On the whole, though, Trollied is now a shadow of its former self: the comedy is far too broad and the warmth seems to have left along with most of the original line-up. But at least the seedy Colin is still clocking on. He's been promoted, but is struggling with knotting a tie. Apparently, it's because all the ones he wore for his court appearances were clip-ons.

David Brown, Radio Times, 3rd November 2014

Comedian Justin Moorhouse joins Coronation Street

The stand-up will play Dean Upton, the landlord of Rovers Return rival, the Flying Horse.

David Brown, Radio Times, 19th June 2014

Radio Times review

If you were wondering what kind of wisecracks a funeral director would come up with, then here's your answer. Yes, it's a seemingly unstoppable flow of jokes involving hearses, churches and St Peter at the Pearly Gates.

It's a hit-and-miss affair, with the best cracks coming from Paul (who wears a leather jerkin as befits his role as an organiser of motorcycle funerals) and Mark (who does the classic amateur gag-teller's thing of laughing uproariously at his own punchlines).

But the most successful one-liner concerns the difference between the English cricket team and an undertaker. I won't spoil the ending for you.

David Brown, Radio Times, 10th April 2014