Captain Darling believes any cunning plan to bring back the much-loved sitcom would flop because the cast are too old.David Stephenson, The Daily Express, 23rd December 2018
In among the huge swaths of original content on Netflix, there are also plenty of beloved old favourites primed to be revisited. One such timeless classic is the incomparable Blackadder.Robert Keeling, Metro, 14th March 2018
It would be tempting to think that the focus of this story is its creator, David Walliams, who was no stranger to rocking a frock in Little Britain and Come Fly with Me. But the comic actor turned children's writer has a serious point to make in this uplifting version of his debut novel.
Our hero is 12-year-old Dennis (Billy Kennedy), who lives with his couch-potato dad and unreconstructed brother. Dennis is missing his mother, who has left home to live with a roofer, but he soon finds an escape.
A gifted footballer, Dennis also discovers through his new friend Lisa (the school's coolest girl), that wearing dresses makes him happy. How will he reconcile his interests, or sneak past his fashion-police teachers?
Walliams's knack of championing the outsider and celebrating difference shines out of a story he says isn't autobiographical, but is "very personal". It's no wonder such a quality cast signed up, including Jennifer Saunders, Tim McInnerny, Steve Speirs and James Buckley, who has some of the best lines as a supremely negative PE teacher. Even supermodel Kate Moss gets to shake a tailfeather, and Walliams allows himself a cameo as a camp referee.
It's a refreshingly unusual Christmas treat with a punch-the-air final act, and a great use of Queen - have a guess which song they use.Mark Braxton, Radio Times, 26th December 2014
A young lad spots Kate Moss in a Vogue fashion spread and falls in love - with frocks. Twelve-year-old Dennis is fed up with everything after his parents split; could dressing up as "Denise" cheer him up? Yes, it turns out, in this sweet-natured adaptation of David Walliams's children's book (following previous Crimbo versions of his Gangsta Granny and Mr Stink).
OK, so Moss's cameo doesn't display any hidden thespian talents and everything is resolved extremely conveniently, but it aims to celebrate difference and individuality, which can't be too bad, given how our commercially-driven youth culture too often tells kids that there's a "right" way to look. And with Jennifer Saunders, James Buckley, Tim McInnerny and Walliams himself popping up among the grown-ups, there's enough here to keep kids and hungover adults amused.Andrea Mullaney, The Scotsman, 20th December 2014
In a year when a celeb seemed to pop off every week, some losses were keener than others. Rik Mayall was 56 when he died suddenly in June: nowhere near retirement, as evidenced by his TV comeback last year in Man Down. That show's bereft creator, Greg Davies, contributes to this documentary, as do Michael Palin, Lenny Henry, Ben Elton, Alexei Sayle, Tim McInnerny and Ruby Wax.
The rare footage here should illustrate how Mayall justified the over-used phrase "force of nature". He was like a child eternally refusing to grow up. That's why it was so shocking when he turned out not to be unstoppable after all.Jack Seale, Radio Times, 20th December 2014
Penned by seasoned playwright Shelagh Stephenson, this comedy series pits Anna (Haydn Gwynne) and Jim (Blackadder star Tim McInnerny) against a succession of wearisome and tactless guests as they take up the couple's offer, made to all and sundry, of a quiet weekend at their rural home.
Unfortunately, most of those who take them at their word are the ones they never in a million years dreamt would turn up. And guests, like fish, tend to stink after three days. This week it's the turn of uncompromising elderly couple Joan (Patricia Hodge) and Colin (Ron Cook), who love their bagpipe music, to go rancid on them.Tom Goulding, Radio Times, 16th May 2014