Archive for the ‘Comedy’ Category

Peter Kay’s Car Share first series to air on BBC iPlayer before BBC 1

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Peter KayTV programmes that premier online before TV look set to become a real trend this year. For in the wake of the Netflix House Of Cards exclusive the BBC has just announced that that a new sitcom from Peter Kay called Car Share  will premiere on BBC iPlayer.

You will be able to see it online before it makes its way to BBC One. This makes it the first  first-ever series to premiere on BBC iPlayer in its entirety before a linear transmission.

The series, which has been created by Tim Reid and Paul Coleman, Car Share is directed by and stars Peter and Sian Gibson, who play John and Kayleigh who have been thrown together in a company car share scheme, as they journey to their respective jobs at a major out-of-town supermarket.

Just like Kay’s classic C4 Phoenix Nights series Car Share is set and will be filmed in the north-west.

Peter Kay says about the series: “To be finally working with the BBC on a new comedy is a great opportunity. And the idea of two people car sharing to work each day really appealed to me, as it highlights the comedy in the minutiae of the daily trek and allows the spiralling conversations of life to unwind in all of their glory.”

LOVEFiLM to bring Peep Show and Inbetweeners to Instant service thanks to Channel 4 deal

Monday, January 21st, 2013

LoveFilm Instant’s catalogue of on-demand streaming titles gets a boost today with the announcement of a new content deal with Channel 4.

The Amazon-owned streaming service will now offer its members access to choice cuts from Channel 4’s 4oD online TV archive, including shows such as Peep Show (right), Father Ted, The Inbetweeners and Friday Night Dinner.

Older shows such as BAFTA award-winning Drop the Dead Donkey, drama Queer As Folk, and all four series of Teachers will also be available.

“Our TV offering has gone from strength to strength and this deal will bring even more iconic British content to the service,” said Jim Buckle, Managing Director at LOVEFiLM. “We’re proud to offer more diverse and exciting instant television programming to our members than any other subscription service.”

The new 4oD content will be housed in a branded collection on the LoveFilm Instant service, and will expand over time to include more Channel 4 TV shows including Shameless and The IT Crowd in their entireties.

“We’re very proud of our rich archive of shows on 4oD and we’re delighted to find another platform for many of them on LOVEFiLM,” Sarah Rose, Director of Commercial & Business Development at Channel 4 added

“Our growing mix of classic comedy, drama and documentary spanning 30 years of broadcasting, complements LOVEFiLM’s already diverse range of great programmes and films.”

Wondering what else is available through LoveFilm Instant? Check out our handy guide to every Netflix and LoveFilm Instant movie or TV show available in the UK now.

Via Tech Digest

The 10 Best Musical Moments On TV

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Forget the X Factor, forget the Brit Awards, forget Top Of The Pops (what do you mean, you have already?) – when it comes to great, memorable musical moment s on your tellybox all of them come from non-musical shows.

Supposed ‘musical programming’ is all well an good but it’s the times when the music surprises you, makes you laugh or moves us that really stick in the mind. Don’t believe us? check this list…

The Simpsons – monorail song

Morecambe and Wise – Andrew Preview

The Office – David Brent’s dance

Our friends in the north – Don’t Look Back In Anger

The Royle Family – Mambo no. 5

Alan Partridge – Nobody Does It Better

Monty Python – The Lumberjack Song

The Muppets – Mannah, mannah

Les Dawson plays the piano

Adler and Perlman perform Summertime on Parkinson

Comedians Morecambe and Wise recreated by artists as, er, breakfast. Why, of course.

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Here’s Morecambe and Wise as you’ve never seen them before – as breakfast. OK it’s a stunt to raise awareness for TV channel’s Gold latest tribute to the late, great comedians, Bring Me Morecambe and Wise. But as stunts go it’s quite impressive.  The theme for the picture follows a survey of 2000 comedy fans who named the breakfast scene as the most iconic of the duo’s sketches. Whatever next? The Two Ronnies as lunch or The X Factor as a dog’s dinner?

The artwork was painstakingly built by artist Carl Warner and his team of four food stylists over two days.  The team used a variety of foods which featured in the original sketch, from scrambled eggs to sausages and grapefruit.

The lapels on Eric and Ernie’s suits were created from the fillets of 17 smoked mackerel and complemented with stylish 70s jackets made from six kippers. More than two dozen eggs were also employed for the pairs’ shirts – with one half scrambled to recreate the frilly fronts, and the other cooked into an extra buttery omelette to form the retro collars.

One of the most challenging things for Carl was to ensure a likeness of the British comedy legends. A variety of sausages, from cocktail and chipolata to Lincolnshire were used to create the duo’s facial features, with gammon steaks forming the shape of their heads and bacon contouring their cheeks and chins. Carl finished off the masterpiece with a smattering of All Bran for Eric’s hairline and an abundance of Shredded Wheat for the luscious locked Ernie.

Blanched almonds, mushrooms and sultanas created remarkably realistic eyes and teeth, whilst Eric was finished off with a pair of his infamous glasses – courtesy of vanilla pods. The duo were finally lit in their on-stage setting by several white grapefruits, complemented by seven cans of baked beans and an astonishing 150 roasted tomatoes.

The stunning artwork was commissioned to mark the launch of the channel’s new series Bring Me Morecambe & Wise – featuring rare and unseen footage of Britain’s favourite comedy duo alongside the much loved extracts they are most famous for. Here’s the full list of ingredients:

•           Heads: 3 x gammon steaks

•           Faces: 15 x back and 15 x streaky bacon rashers

•           Eric’s glasses: 6 x vanilla pods

•           Eric’s hair: All Bran

•           Ernie’s hair: Shredded Wheat

•           Jacket lapels: 17 x smoked mackerel fillets

•           Jackets: 6 x kippers

•           Shirts: collars (omelette) / frilly fronts (scrambled) – total of 2 dozen eggs

•           Eyes: 1 x mushroom, 4 x sultanas

•           Teeth: 20g of blanched almonds

•           Bowties/noses/lips: 25 sausages (a mixture of cocktail, chipolata and Lincolnshire)

•           Background: 1.5 x white grapefruit, 7 x cans of baked beans, 150 x tomatoes

The making of Morecambe and Wise can be found here: []

Lots of Laughs

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

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Summer may be over but that doesn’t mean it has to be all doom and gloom from now on. With a stellar line-up of comedy in London this autumn, you can book into one of the capital’s many hotels and enjoy a whole weekend of laughter. From now until Christmas, many of the country’s best comedians are putting on shows, beginning with Kevin Bridges on 28th September:

28th September – 1st October: Kevin Bridges ‘The Story Continues…’

In less than a year, he’s gone from playing a 50-seat room at the Edinburgh Fringe last year to performing in front of 10,000 people in his home town, and now Scottish comic Kevin Bridges is continuing his journey up the comedy ranks with a show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.

1st – 20th October: Paul Merton ‘Out of My Head’

His first solo show for quite some time, the ‘Have I Got News For You’ star and master of improvisation returns to his stand-up roots at the Vaudeville Theatre. He’ll be joined by Comedy Store Players regulars Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster for the show which comprises sketches, music and magic.

19th October – 27th October: Dara O Briain ‘Craic Dealer’

The ‘Mock the Week’ presenter is a comedy legend and he will no doubt sell-out the Hammersmith Apollo for his honest, intelligent wit.

24th – 25th October: John Bishop ‘Rollercoaster’

For two nights Liverpudlian comic John Bishop will be bringing his life-affirming everyman observations to The O2 as part of his arena tour.

4th November: Alan Davies ‘Life is Pain’

Having been off stage for 12 years, the ‘QI’ and ‘Jonathan Creek’ star is back on the road with a London show at the Richmond Theatre. An hour of nostalgia, Davies reminisces about childhood holidays and phones with dials to make for a terrifically poignant show.

28th November – 3rd December: Michael McIntyre

The hugely popular comic is continuing his 58-date arena tour at the O2 Arena in Greenwich. Slick, silly, posh and baby-faced, he will undoubtedly have everyone in the huge audiences roaring with laughter.

With so much funny stuff to choose from, there’s no need to give into those winter blues just yet. Why not book into one of the many London hotels on offer and make a weekend of it?

Geoffrey Hughes, best known as Coronation Street’s Eddie Yeats, passes away

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Geoffrey Hughes RIP

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The actor behind one of the best-loved Coronation Street characters has passed away. Geoffrey Hughes, who played lovable rogue Eddie Yeats from 1974 to 1983, died over the weekend after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 68.

Geoffrey brought a charm and likeability to the character of Eddie and his partnership with Stan and Hilda Ogden, with whom Eddie lodged, was responsible for some of the most memorable character comedy in the soap’s history. It was Eddie who created Hilda’s ‘muriel’ on which was mounted her famous flying ducks and he was always to be found trying to earn a dodgy crust by selling suspect goods while working as a window cleaner or bin man.

As well as Eddie Yeats, Geoffrey is remembered for his turns as Ounslow in Keeping Up Appearances, as Vernon Scripps in Heartbeat and as Twiggy in the Royle Family. In an early role he even provided the voice of Paul McCartney in the Yellow Submarine animated film.

Away from acting, Geoffrey owned a small holding, ran a wood supply company and was even made Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the Isle Of Wight, where he lived with his with Sue.

Here are some classic clips of Geoffrey in action.

Comedian Eric Sykes RIP. 1923-2012

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Eric Sykes, who had died today (4/7/2012), collecting his CBE from the Queen in 2005

Eric Sykes died today aged 89 after a short illness, his manager Norma Farnes said.

One of the most endearing and popular comic actors of his generation, Sykes was still appearing on the West End stage into his 80s, even though he became almost totally deaf and nearly blind.

Sykes found fame in a series of TV sitcoms from the 1950s, including Sykes And A… alongside Carry On star Hattie Jacques.

Sir Bruce Forsyth paid tribute to the star, calling him “one of the greats of comedy in this country”.

“He was universally loved here,” the entertainer continued. “He was just one of the funniest men ever.”

Comedian Stephen Fry wrote on Twitter: “Oh no! Eric Sykes gone? An adorable, brilliant, modest, hilarious, innovative and irreplaceable comic master. Farewell, dear, dear man.”

Actor Bernard Cribbins, who starred in two of Sykes’ comedy shorts, The Plank (1979) and It’s Your Move (1969), also paid tribute: “I just wish him a lot of rest up there with all the other comics, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe. They will all be up there, having a laugh together.”

Sykes’ film credits include Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (2005) and Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines (1965). He was also a novelist, director and producer.

Here he is being interviewed by Des O’Connor:

Image: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

Arrested Development Season 4 to come Netflix all at once

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

key_art_arrested_development.jpgThe long-awaited fourth season of US sitcom Arrested Development will be released in its entirety by Netflix upon release, the streaming giant has confirmed.

Rather than drip feed the ten new episodes week by week, Netflix subscribers will be able to watch the latest misadventures of the Bluth family all at once when the show returns in 2013 after a six-year absence.

Netflix inked an exclusive deal for the show back in November, with their plan to offer all ten episodes at once clearly setting themselves apart from rivals like cable TV and the US streaming service from HBO.

The move follows the Netflix-only release of their original show Lillyhammer, starring Sopranos actor Steven Van Zandt, which was also released in its entirety in the US back in February. Lillyhammer will hit UK shows after completing a run with the BBC first.

Hopefully when Arrested Development lands, we’ll get it at the exact same time as our pals across the pond. Here’s a compilation clip from one of our favourite episodes to whet your appetite:

RIP Frank Carson. It was the way he told them

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Frank Carson, who has died, aged 85. Image: PA

Much loved comedian Frank Carson died today, aged 85, his agent has announced.

The Belfast-born stand up, famous for his catchphrase ‘It’s the way I tell them’ had been battling stomach cancer for some time. He passed away this morning at home near Blackpool, Lancs.

The Irish comic rose to fame in the 1960s after winning talent show Opportunity Knocks three times.

A spokesman said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Frank Carson.

“Frank will be remembered for being a wonderful stand-up comedian from the golden era of light entertainment on television shows such as The Comedians, Tiswas, Opportunity Knocks and many, many more.”

He added: “His audience and friends alike will remember him as a genuine, kind-hearted and generous man who was also very funny because of ‘the way he told ’em’.

“We will remember him as one of the nicest people in showbiz, a gentleman and a friend.”

Plans are being made for a funeral in his home town of Belfast.

Via Daily Mirror

Frank Carson RIP

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File photo dated 02/12/2002, of comedian Frank Carson, who has died, aged 85.

Ricky Gervais to sign Channel 4 deal after Life’s Too Short ratings flop

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Ricky Gervais is set to sign a deal with Channel 4.  The 50-year-old comic has filmed a pilot for a new sitcom for the network and is said to be “very pleased” with the show, which has a working title of Derek.

Channel 4 chief Jay hunt is reportedly “thrilled” with the show, which is set in an old people’s home and features Ricky as elderly and confused resident Derek Noakes. The show features the comic’s sidekick Karl Pilkington in his debut acting role and is expected to feature a series of guest stars, including the likes of Sir Sean Connery.

The proposed move to Channel 4 comes after Ricky’s last series, Life’s Too Short – which starred Warwick Davies – was a ratings flop for the BBC in comparison to the funnyman’s previous shows The Office and Extras.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “There have been many meetings in a bid to discover why it missed the mark. No one really knows. Some you win, some you lose.”

Despite recording the pilot, Channel 4 executives insist they have not yet commissioned Derek for a full series.

A spokesperson said: “This is a continuation of our relationship with Ricky Gervais.”

TV Burp to continue without Harry Hill?

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

TV Burp could carry on without Harry Hill. The comedian quit the show earlier this year – complaining that the ITV1 programme had left him feeling “suicidal” – but producers Avalon are keen for it to continue and are now looking for a replacement.

Funnymen Lee Mack, Al ‘Pub Landlord’ Murray and Russell Kane have all been touted as successors to Harry, who quit Avalon and turned down a £1 million pay rise to stay. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “They’re desperate to keep the show on air as it earns them a fortune from ITV, but the debacle surrounding Harry has left everyone bruised.”

However, Harry recently admitted he won’t rule out another series of Harry Hill’s TV Burp, which is a comic review of the previous week’s TV highlights. When asked if he would quit in 2012, Harry said: “I think it’s likely. I’ve been doing it for 10 years and I’ve done more than 100 shows. I’ll certainly be taking a year off doing it and I’ll see how it goes. But it’s not like I’m saying I’ll never do it again.

“It takes up six months of my year and that doesn’t give me enough time to pursue anything else.”

BBC2 axes Shooting Stars – for the second time

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Reeves and Mortimer's Shooting Stars: axed by BBC2

BBC Two has pulled the plug on the quiz show – presented by Bob Mortimer and Vic Reeves – for the second time after it first aired from 1995-1997, followed by a second run from 2008.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “In future there will be less space on BBC Two for comedy and entertainment panel shows so sadly Shooting Stars won’t be returning.

“We’d like to thank Vic and Bob for everything they’ve brought to the channel over the years.”

Shooting Stars’ boss Lisa Clark added: “There isn’t enough money. It’s a real shame because Vic and Bob are unique.”

Bob wrote on his twitter page: “BBC have just cancelled shooting stars.”

Fans reacted angrily to the news on twitter with The Times critic Caitlin Moran writing: “A genuine outrage. I hope some other channel snaps up Shooting Stars immediately: it’s one of the best comedy shows of the last 20 years.”

Former Fast Show star Simon Day added: “Shooting Stars: funniest show on telly. Great idea to drop it, from people who care.”

Earlier this year Bob admitted he was thrilled with how the show was being received, claiming the public needed a show that was a “bit stupid”.

He explained: “It’s had the best critical acclaim in years so maybe the time’s come round again. There’s a feeling in the air that maybe things have got a bit dreary again. There’s a need for something a bit stupid – a bit Milligan, a bit Cooper.”

Sue Johnston to star in Christmas comedy

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Sue Johnston to star in Christmas Comedy Lapland

Sue Johnston is to star in a one-off Christmas comedy special.  The Royle Family actress will appear in Lapland – a 90 minute show to be broadcast on BBC One over the festive season – alongside ‘This Is England’ actor Stephen Graham and Waterloo Road star William Ash.

The show, which will also star Elizabeth Berrington, Julie Graham, Zawe Ashton and Keith Barron, sees Sue play family matriarch Eileen Lewis who saves each year for a special Christmas to remember.  This year, the Lewis clan decide to go to Lapland on a package trip to meet Father Christmas – but end up getting a lot more than they bargained for.

Sue said: “Lapland won’t know what’s hit it when the Lewis family arrive, it’s a hopeful, bittersweet comedy and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”

The programme is shot both in the UK and on location in Finland and the BBC are thrilled with the story.

Mark Freeland, Head of In-House Comedy, said: “I am delighted that we are bringing a little bit of Lapland magic to BBC One this Christmas with Michael Wynne’s comedy special. You can take the family out of Birkenhead, but you can’t take Birkenhead out of the family.”

Producer Rosemary McGowan added “Michael Wynne has skilfully brought to life one ordinary family’s chaotic experience of Christmas in a way that will have people all over the country chuckling in recognition. Funny, warm but also moving.”

Stephen Fry and David Mitchell to star in Blackadder style Victorian comedy

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Stephen Fry, right,  is to star in a brand new Victorian comedy. The QI presenter will team up with Peep Show star David Mitchell and Robert Webb for the BBC Two show – entitled The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff – which is described as a “Dickensian comedy adventure”.

Beginning with a one-hour Christmas special followed by three 30-minute episodes shown in early 2012, Stephen will portray evil lawyer Malifax Skulkingworm, while Robert will take on the role of Jedrington Secret-Past, an upstanding family man and owner of The Old Shop Of Stuff.

Robert said: “I’m really looking forward to working with my all-time hero David Mitchell. Apparently Stephen Fry is in it too, which is nice.”

Also appearing in The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff are IT Crowd actress Katherine Parkinson – portraying Jedrington’s wife Conceptiva – as well as Celia Imrie, Johnny Vegas and Pauline McLynn.

Mark Freeland, BBC head of in-house comedy, said: “Mark Evans’s already well-loved Victorian comic world is a wonderful way to celebrate the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth. He probably wouldn’t have agreed, but I am very excited.”

Ellie Taylor and Stuart Goldsmith leave Show Me The Funny

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
Ellie Taylor and Stuart Goldsmith leave Show Me The Funny

Ellie Taylor and Stuart Goldsmith became the latest comedians to be voted off Show Me The Funny last night (22.08.11).

The duo narrowly missed out on a place in the live final of the ITV1 show – hosted by Jason Manford – with Dan Mitchell, Patrick Monahan and Tiffany Stevenson now set to battle it out in the hope of being crowned the first-ever champion of the series.

However, Ellie admits she was “astonished” to have even made it through to the semi-finals, as she was so inexperienced in the field of comedy.

She said: “I never really thought I’d make it to the final. I was astonished I got as far as I did and it far exceeded the expectations I went into the show with.

“I had so little experience compared to everyone else and I was thinking, ‘It will be hilarious if I actually get anywhere with this’.”

Meanwhile, the brunette beauty – who used to be a model – admitted she struggled to come to terms with the fact that people found it “revolutionary” to see a good-looking female comedian on stage.

Ellie added: “I think funny is funny irrelevant of what I look like. Whether I used to be a model and what I look like doesn’t affect whether my jokes are good. People seem to find it revolutionary that I was a female comedian who had actually done her hair!”

With the ‘Show Me The Funny’ final set to take place at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday (25.08.11), Stuart thinks the winning comedian is already set in stone.

He said: “Everyone is so talented and so I think it will make for a really exciting final. But in my opinion Pat will win by an absolute landslide, he’s heads and shoulders above everybody else. People just fall in love with him. Dan and Tiff are excellent but to me, the outcome is inevitable.”

The live final of  Show Me The Funny will air on ITV1 at 9pm on Thursday August 25.

The Inbetweeners Movie UK Premiere – London. Includes Pictures

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

The Inbetweeners Movie, Vue Cinema, Leicester Square, London

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(left to right) Blake Harrison, James Buckley, Joe Thomas and Simon Bird arriving for the world premiere of The Inbetweeners Movie, at the Vue Cinema, Leicester Square, London.

James Buckley, who plays Jay, said he believes the new Inbetweeners film is “sweeter” than the television series. The E4 comedy, which is a crude and earthy account of four suburban sex-obsessed teenage boys, had its red carpet premiere at the Vue Cinema in Leicester Square last night.

Buckley told Metro in an exclusive interview: “I’ve only seen it recently and I was quite surprised there was a bit of depth to the characters and it was a lot sweeter than I thought it was going to turn out.”

Blake Harrison, who plays Neil, added: “It’s probably the biggest day of our lives. I know it’s the biggest day of our careers so far. It’s nerve-wracking but it’s going to be exciting.’

Via The Telegraph

You can see the trailer below:


Is Scoop the BBC’s revenge on print journalism?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Stick with me on this one.

20 years ago the BBC screened an amazing Steven Moffat-penned children’s series called Press Gang. The inside track on a school’s kids run newspaper it starred Julia Sawalha (as Lynda basically (Kelvin) Mackenzie in a mini skirt), Dexter Fletcher and the brilliant Paul Reynolds (what the ferret happened to him?).

It was not only superbly scripted, brilliantly acted and daringly topical (they covered drugs, child abuse and more) mainly through the charactar of Lynda it showed journalists as heroes, publishing stories that exposed corruption, took on bullies and helped make school life better for all.

Yet it also showed Lynda as a real person dealing with her own insecurities and hang ups. It was also full of dirty jokes too, which made it a lot more fun than Blue Peter.

Most important of all though like a generation of other kids it inspired me to try my hand at journalism. And I am not the only one. Countless times, in conversation after conversation, other journalists have cited Press Gang and Lynda as the reason they joined the fourth estate.

Fast forward twenty years and the BBC has once again got a press-related programme on children’s TV. Scoop is a radical reworking of the Evelyn Waugh classic which stars Shaun Williamson (Barry from EastEnders) as a local newspaper journalist. Whereas Lynda was brave, intelligent and honest, Digby Digworth (Shaun’s charactar) is a bumbling, incompetent, lazy fool who is invariably beaten to his stories by his canine chum, the brilliantly named Hacker.

To make things worse the local newspaper editor Max De Lacey (played by Mark Benton) has zero scruples and thinks nothing of making stories up, fixing competitions so his relatives win and more.

Scoop is actually pretty funny, but it does portray journalists in a really negative light. You might scoff, but have local builders’ reputations ever recovered since the Beeb started screening The Chuckle Brothers? Thought not!

With the rise of citizen journalism, the problems of monetising web content and the stuttering economy haven’t local newspaper proprietors have enough on their plate at the moment?

To make amends the BBC should re run the original Press Gang and commission a reunion, where Lynda (quite possibly an alcoholic now) and Colin (obviously a banker) team up once more to save the nation from corrupt MPs, dodgy press barons, rioting gangs and morally bankrupt Catalan football teams

James Corden re-united with Ruth Jones for Sky 1 sitcom

Friday, August 12th, 2011

James Corden and Ruth Jones

James Corden is to be reunited with Ruth Jones in a new Welsh sitcom. The Gavin and Stacey co-stars, who co-wrote the hugely successful BBC sitcom, will appear in the new Sky1 series Stella, which tells the story of a woman living in the Welsh valleys.

While Welsh Ruth, who played the outrageous Nessa in the comedy, will be the main star, James, who portrayed Nessa’s on/off partner Smithy, will only make a cameo appearance.

Ruth – who penned the show with husband David Peet – will play Stella, a hard-done-by woman who runs an ironing business in a bid to earn more money.

David told the Western Mail newspaper: “She has a son in jail and two other children and is a lioness of a mother – really protective of her kids.

“She has no company in her life, her car doesn’t go very well and there’s a couple living opposite with a horse outside their home – it’s very true to life.”

Speaking about James’ role, David added: “Ruth and James know each other so it probably came from that. James kindly agreed to do it.

“Both have their own projects but they hooked up for the day.”

My Family’s Robert Lindsay to star in new gay sitcom George and Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Robert Lindsay and Richard Griffiths will star in a new gay sitcom for BBC One.

The My Family actor will appear as the lead in George and Bernard Shaw opposite Harry Potter actor Richard Griffiths in the “quirky and warm” show revolving around the life of a middle-aged couple.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Yes, it’s slightly less than conventional in terms of the family set-up but it’s the 21st century and things move on.

“The BBC have commissioned a pilot and will make the call once it’s all wrapped up. But all signs point towards this being a perfect prime-time vehicle. The two big names involved mean this could be very special.”

The new sitcom will take over the time-slot previously held by My Family  for 11 years before it was axed earlier this year.

Although the programme has enjoyed popularity since it launched in 2000, TV bosses decided to give it the chop to make room for fresh new comedies.

BBC One boss Danny Cohen confirmed the 11th series would be the last, saying: “Now that all of the kids have fled the nest we feel it’s time to make room for new comedies.”

However, comedy chief Cheryl Taylor had previously explained the channel was looking forward to producing more shows, and would welcome Robert and co-star Zoe Wannamaker back in new roles.

She said: “Now almost a generation of British children have grown up with the Harper brood, we’re looking to the future with new families and new comedies that we hope will prove equally popular.”

“We look forward to Zoe and Robert continuing to being part of our comedy family in the years to come.”

Rudi Lickwood voted off Show Me The Funny

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Rudi Lickwood has become the latest comedian to be voted off Show Me The Funny.  The 47-year-old funnyman failed to impress judges Kate Copstick, Alan Davies and guest panellist Jo Brand with his routine in front of a group of doctors and nurses in last night’s show.

However, the former Eddie Murphy lookalike isn’t too bothered by his departure from the show, as he insists he is capable of doing Kate’s job on the ITV1 series.  He said:  “Before Show Me The Funny I actually discovered comedians. Basically, I can do Kate Copstick’s job but she can’t do mine.”

Despite being axed from the show, Rudi won’t be going back to impersonating Eddie Murphy, as he gets more laughs by just being himself.  He added: “The reason why I stopped being a lookalike was because I was living in the persona of someone else.

“As soon as I stepped away from the Eddie Murphy thing and started talking about my own life, that brought out real laughs and took me in the direction of stand-up comedy. Being a lookalike got me into the industry, but now it’s given me the opportunity to talk about my own life.”

Show Me The Funny - Jason Manford

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SHOW ME THE FUNNY coming soon to ITV1 Picture Shows: Jason Manford Picture Caption: Show Me The Funny is a brand new reality series which aims to find the next big comedy talent. The comedians - a mixture of unknowns and those who have experience on the circuit - are all hoping to following in the footsteps of Michael McIntyre, Jimmy Carr and Peter Kay and become the next stand-up superstar Photographer: Nicky Johnston [email protected]