Long day yesterday that started at 4:30a CT with a great interview with Bob Larbey, the genius mind behind the likes of As Time Goes By, The Good Neighbors (Good Life in the UK) and Mulberry, to name a few. In a word, couldn’t have been more gracious with his time and his thoughts on his life’s work and what it means to him that he’s been able to create something that has made millions laugh over the years.
One of the most memorable moments came when we asked Bob about Mulberry. While he has always felt there was a bit of unfinished business there as he and writing partner, John Esmonde, never had the opportunity to bring the series to an end, he did share how he would always have liked to have ended it. For the answer to that, you’ll have to stay with us until March 2011 when we premiere the doc on the writers of British comedy.
Next up – 1/3 of the Dibley Town Council
Today we’ll sit down with Trevor Peacock (Jim Trott, Vicar of Dibley) and James Fleet (Hugo Horton, Vicar of Dibley) to get their thoughts on writer, Richard Curtis, and the Vicar herself, Dawn French, along with some behind the scenes insights into the production of Vicar of Dibley. Just how did Dawn survive that Christmas Lunch with everyone?
Couple more interviews later this week with Josephine Tewson (Elizabeth, Keeping Up Appearances) and Gareth Gwenlan, current head of BBC Wales Comedy and producer of the likes of To The Manor Born, Waiting for God, Only Fools and Horses, Butterflies and Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin.