Photograph courtesy of Revelation Films. Inspector Rhubarb (Eric Sykes). Copyright: Thames Television.

Eric Sykes

New book to shine a light on creation of 1970s sitcoms

Raising Laughter, a new book due to be published in September, will take a look at the creation of 1970s sitcoms. Writer Robert Sellers has interviewed a number of those involved in the shows.

British Comedy Guide, 17th June 2021

Eric Sykes and the Big Bad Mouse at Edinburgh King's

West End producer and one time Edinburgh King's panto director Paul Elliott used to tell me about a play he produced, one that had become legendary for its anarchic nature. It was a farce called Big Bad Mouse and it came to the Capital in 1973. Leading the cast of that production were Eric Sykes and Jimmy Edwards who had made the piece their own.

Liam Rudden, The Scotsman, 7th May 2021

Slapstick Festival starts opening up its archives

Bristol's annual Slapstick festival of classic screen comedy has begun sharing previously unreleased footage of its events. The first session to be released under its Laughter In Lockdown banner is what is believed to be the last on-stage appearance by Eric Sykes, when he was interviewed by Graeme Garden in 2009 about his long career.

Chortle, 9th April 2020

Sussex has been a magnet for the comedy greats

Today's Timeout focuses on a group of comedians who came to Sussex many times throughout their careers, spanning the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Brighton Argus, 21st September 2017

Sykes: Making a nation chuckle

To celebrate the release of Sykes: The Complete Series being released on DVD, we take a look at what made the series so iconic.

Jack Barton, The National Student, 27th June 2017

How Denis Norden stumbled upon concentration camp

TV presenter and comedy writer Denis Norden has spoken for the first time about his "accidental" visit to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Norden, who was serving in the RAF during World War Two, went to the liberated camp in northern Germany to find lighting for a show he was putting on.

He went with fellow performers the late Eric Sykes and Ron Rich and none of them had any idea what the camp had been used for.

BBC News, 23rd June 2015

The Barry Cryer extended interview

Barry Cryer is an incredibly popular entertainer, raconteur and a writer, but don't you dare call him a legend! Martin Walker talks to the great man himself about David Frost, Kenny Everett, John Cleese, Michael McIntyre, Susan Calman, Eric Sykes and Ken Dodd. But first they talk about Twittering On, the show he's performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Colin Sell.

Martin Walker, Broadway Baby, 1st August 2014

The Tommy Cooper thing, Not Like That, Like This, winningly scripted by Simon Nye, told the tale of guess who? A grand piece of ever-rewatchable television, for whom most plaudits will so rightly go to David Threlfall, who simply channelled Cooper: he made you practically smell Chiswick in the 60s, and the BBC lino, and twitch along with every bursting blood-vessel in first his nose and later heart. But very honourable mentions go to Amanda Redman and the ever-splendid Gregor Fisher, playing so against type as to surely require near-physical contortions. And to Paul Ritter, who played Eric Sykes, and got the wisest line of the night, after Cooper drunkenly explained the difference between his two loves, comedy and magic. Sykes saw a different version of two loves, Cooper being at that stage torn between wife Dove and mistress Mary. "So Dove is your comedy, and Mary is your magic." A difficult, heartbreaking man, and ditto piece of television.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 26th April 2014