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The timeless genius of Smack the Pony

As Smack the Pony announce their comeback, we look at the beloved sketch show's best offerings so far ... and find they haven't aged at all.

Hannah Jane Parkinson, The Guardian, 23rd January 2019

Why we need a Smack the Pony reunion

Two decades after the cult sketch show first aired, its creators discuss its inception, near-death experiences and why they were the Spice Girls of turn-of-the-century comedy.

Ellen E. Jones, The Guardian, 21st January 2019

How The Day Today changed satire forever

25 years ago, Chris Morris and Armando Iannucci's uproarious news spoof unleashed Fake News on the world (not to mention Alan Partridge).

Phil Harrison, The Guardian, 17th January 2019

A grand return for Two Doors Down, and Christine, the peerless Elaine C Smith, had made a trifle for Eric and Beth's 30th anniversary. She had toyed, though not that hard, with thoughts of a gift. "Some porcelain... a voucher? But then I went into my cupboard. I saw the four tins of fruit cocktail. And ah just thought: fuck it. Trifle it is!" It is a... decent enough... trifle, the gloss on which is only mildly spoilt by Christine's rare sotto voce warning. "Don't take too long. Cos technically that cream needs to be used by midnight..."

Every piece of Scottishness, beloved or nauseating (Doon Mackichan's monstrously indiscreet Cathy) is here, and balances Rob and Sharon's London [from Catastrophe] with perfection.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 13th January 2019

Doon Mackichan and Jonathan Watson interview

Michael Alexander speaks to comedy actors and on-screen married couple Doon Mackichan and Jonathan Watson about the new series of BBC Scotland comedy Two Doors Down - and their connections to Dundee and Fife.

Michael Alexander, The Dundee Courier, 5th January 2019

Review: Death On The Tyne, Christmas Gold

It was pretty brave of Gold to schedule this one-off film on primetime on a Saturday night in the run-up to Christmas. But then the channel had reason to be ambitious. Their previous all-star Agatha Christie spoof starring Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson, Murder on the Blackpool Express, was the highest-ever rating show on Gold. They will be hoping for the same here. And they might just get it.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 16th December 2018

Death on the Tyne, Gold, review

Another crude, silly and very funny outing.

Jeff Robson, i Newspaper, 15th December 2018

Seasonal shenanigans of a different sort course through Ben Wheatley's new film Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, a nightmarish vision of familial disharmony starring Kill List's Neil Maskell as the eponymous host of a New Year's Eve get-together that starts going pear-shaped before his extended family even get through the door of the Downton Abbey-style heritage home he's rented for them. Hayley Squires, Charles Dance, Bill Paterson and Doon Mackichan are among the top-notch cast Wheatley has assembled to play Colin's squabbling relatives, but it's Sam Riley's appearance as the black sheep of the family that pushes everyone ever closer to the edge, particularly Colin, whose beleaguered, unappreciated effort to honour his family ties feels like an apt representation of the chaos of Brexit-era Britain.

Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 30th November 2018