I’ve been meaning recommend Bellamy’s People for a couple of weeks now. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a terrific new comedy series written by and featuring Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Rhys Thomas, Felix Dexter, Simon Day and others. It’s sad to say, but despite the abundance of brilliant things and people in [...]
In 1988 the BBC commissioned a prequel to their Last of the Summer Wine sitcom. It ran for two series and chronicled the early years of the tin-bath-riding octogenarians. They give this sitcom the unimaginative title of First of the Summer Wine. Now 22 years later the BBC have made a prequel to Only Fools [...]
Here are some TV ideas I’ve had for when the BBC come calling: BANKSIDE James Bolam plays Geoff Bankside a maverick policeman forced into early retirement by the Met. He now lives on a houseboat on the bankside, and other policeman have to bring him crimes that they can’t solve. He either refuses to come [...]
I’ve started to become a little bit obsessed with the various Cash For Gold adverts that have been cropping up on daytime TV recently. Here’s an example if you’re unfamiliar. Let me start by saying these are extraordinary ads. I’ve been watching any number of them on You Tube. Really!
Having just watched Richard Sandling’s Top Five Films of the Decade on You Tube I thought I’d share with you my own. Rich’s choices are all excellent solid choices, much better than most of the proper critics choices I’ve been reading, but they don’t include my absolute favourites. Now I found it impossible to come [...]
If you’re anywhere near the same age as me (30), then the BBC’s 1984 adaptation of John Masefield‘s children’s book The Box of Delights is bound to hold a huge festive shadow over your childhood Christmas memories. Both seasonal and downright creepy it starred Patrick Troughton and Robert Stephens, who played the villainous, and beautifully [...]