Blame the Monty Python troupe if you will, but we could all do with a bit more preposterous prancing in our daily routine. How could we have let this pass by without even so much as a mention leading up to such silliness. I guess we should get some what of a pass given that just two days prior, Downton Abbey premiered on PBS’ Masterpiece series and just two short weeks later, on January 19, the brilliance of Sherlock returned to small screens across America. Nevertheless, International Silly Walk Day was January 7th and went off without a hitch around the globe.
Organizers of the day remind us in true Python fashion that “Last year the government spent less on the ministry of silly walks than it did on national defence!” so why not celebrate. We may have forgotten but, thankfully, the great folks of the city of Brno in the Czech Republic did not. Over 140 ‘walkers’ participated in the third annual celebration of silly walks during their day long giddy gaited holiday.
Rest assured, next year, not only will remind everyone of International Silly Walks Day but Towel Day, as well, on 25 May, because, after all, a towel is the most important item any interstellar hitchhiker can carry.
Anyone concerned with the choice of Peter Capaldi as the newest Doctor can lay those fears to rest with the release of the first photos of the actor in his Doctor Who outfit. Capaldi has self-described his new look as “100 per cent Rebel Time Lord“. As filming begins in Cardiff, the newest regeneration from Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor to Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth will see The Doctor sporting a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt and black Dr Martens boots. Personally? It looks insanely cool.
Capaldi loves the new look, which was designed by Doctor Who costume designer, Howard Burden. “He’s woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord,” said Capaldi. Current DW showrunner, Steven Moffat, couldn’t agree more. “New Doctor, new era, and of course new clothes. Monsters of the universe, the vacation is over – Capaldi is suited and booted and coming to get you!”
It’s been a long time since a 15 year-old Peter Capaldi wrote to Radio Times heaping fan praise on the publication for its special 15th anniversary edition and their Dalek construction plans. 40 years, to be exact. It’s about time you got here, Peter. Welcome.
While the majority of America is still reeling from last night’s second episode of Sherlock, we stop to ponder the sheer brilliance of Sherlock’s best man speech. For those few that chose to watch the Grammy’s you missed telly gold and you have to check out the Hollywood Reporter’s, Ten Funniest Quotes from Watson’s Wedding.
With Sherlock 3, we have some of you who are bemoaning the lack of a true full-length ‘mystery’ in the current season with seemingly very little Holmes and Watson running around unearthing clues and solving cases, but the fact that Moffat and Gatiss are giving viewers more of a glimpse into the back stories of Sherlock and Watson along with a bit more of a romantic comedy feel is merely setting up what is going to be the finale of all finales next Sunday. Let’s not forget, we have big, bad Charles Magnusson lurking in the wings.
In the meantime while we discuss “The Sign of Three” amongst ourselves….let’s take a look back at a brilliant creation that helped pass the excruciatingly long time when both Sherlock and Doctor Who were on hiatus. From YouTuber, John Smith, we present the crossover that every fan can only dream of…Wholock.
Wholock: Sherlock meets Doctor Who
Wholock – Behind the scenes
Well, it’s finally Sunday in the States which means one thing. It must be Downton/Sherlock Day on PBS. Here’s a quick recap of where we are…and then, before you leave us for the telly, take a look at why it wouldn’t be good to have Sherlock watch Breaking Bad with you, or anything else on the telly for that matter.
Downton Abbey recap…
Without giving too much away if you happen to be among the few that didn’t see last weeks episode of Downton Abbey as of yet, Lord Grantham survived having to sit next to Dame Nellie Melba (Kiri Te Kanawa) at dinner, Mrs. Hughes won round one with Edna, Lady Rose heads to London and ventures into a jazz club where all hell breaks loose, Mr Gregson prepares for German citizenship and Bates reminds us again that we’d be surprised what you can learn in prison. Just an ordinary day at Downton.
Sherlock is alive. John is just a tad upset, but has a new girlfriend. Sherlock and Mary (John’s new girlfriend) save John’s life pulling him from under a bonfire and then Sherlock and John foil a London terrorist plot to blow up Parliament during an all-night sitting on Guy Fawkes Night by ‘turning the bomb off’. Like Downton, just an ordinary day at 221b Baker Street.
Sherlock Spoils Everything!
As you get ready for tonight’s PBS telly fest, should you ever think of having Sherlock over to watch telly, don’t. Not one to sit down to Netflix with. A great big tip of the hat to Only Leigh for this brilliant send up of how Sherlock Spoils Everything…
Whether you’re a longtime fan of The Dave Clark Five or you’re of the age that only knows of Paul McCartney from Wings, tune your telly to PBS on April 8 for Great Performances “Glad All Over: The Dave Clark Five and Beyond” and celebrate the work of a band that was at the forefront of the British invasion.
Unfortunately, it’s probably hard to fathom for some and impossible to remember for others that there was a London-based band in the early ’60s that rivaled The Beatles for popularity. If you need proof, you need go no further than the groups 1963 iconic single, “Glad All Over”, which knocked the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” off the top of the UK singles charts in January 1964. They were actually the first English group to tour America, in May 1964, kicking off the British Invasion.
Also known as The DC5, the band, according to leader (and drummer) Dave Clark, got its start playing American airbases around their hometown of London. The soldiers asked them to play songs they had on the jukebox from singers like Elvis and Fats Domino. Their music was labeled as the “Tottenham Sound”, which was a direct response to Brian Epstein and his “Mersey Beat” sounds of Liverpool to the North.
While the band was quite popular in the UK, they did enjoy huge success in the States which started with their first of 18 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show in March of 1964, just weeks after three Beatles appearances in February of the same year. Supposedly, only Topo Gigio spent more time with Ed. I’m thinking I saw the plate spinning guy at least that many times too. Those appearances led to virtually instant stardom in the States for the DC5. Taking a page out of the Beatles playbook and “A Hard Day’s Night”, they filmed their satirical look at the business of advertising, “Catch Us If You Can” (titled “Having a Wild Weekend” in the States), which was a bit more ambitious than just a ‘day in the life’ look at the Beatles. The main goal, said Clark, was to do something different from what the Beatles had done.
The Dave Clark Five: Catch Us If You Can
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion, Great Performances “Glad All Over – The Dave Clark Five and Beyond” will feature newly filmed interviews with Tom Hanks, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt of The E Street Band, Stevie Wonder, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons of Kiss, Whoopi Goldberg, Dionne Warwick, ’60s fashion icon Twiggy and Sir Ian McKellen, all sharing their memories of how the music of the 60s and the cultural revolution of 1964 changed their lives forever.
Check it out Tuesday, April 8 on PBS.
While there won’t be any renewed efforts to create more live-action episodes of the iconic Mr. Bean, the word on the street is that Rowan Atkinson and Tiger Aspect, UK production company behind the original television series which is now Endemol Beyond, is set to revive the internationally famous Mr. Bean character with a new animated series designed for initial distribution via the internet on the Mr. Bean YouTube channel and possible television broadcast this Fall.
One would guess that the extent of the international name recognition and success of the character, created by Rowan Atkinson, would be the driving force behind the development of the new series. The official Mr. Bean Facebook page recently passed the 50 million ‘likes’ milestone (yes, that’s not a typo, that really is 50 MILLION). And, who can forget that memorable appearance by Rowan Atkinson during the 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremony, which was watched by an estimated worldwide television audience of nearly 1 billion people.
So, while nothing will ever replace or live up to the greatness of live-action Mr. Bean, it’s sad to think there will, most likely, be no more, but the thought of new animated ‘Bean’ softens the blow just a bit, but only a bit.
***Death in Paradise series 3 spoiler alert***
Lots of Twitter chatter the past week or so after last Tuesday’s UK series 3 premiere which saw DI Richard Poole, played by Ben Miller, exit the island rather abruptly. Even though it was no secret that Poole wanted to leave this island paradise the moment he set foot on the sands of his own private hell, I’m guessing that this wasn’t the way he was planning on leaving.
Main questions from fans were ‘why so quick’ and ‘why this way’ along with a general feeling that viewers would have liked to have seen the relationship play out between Detective Sergeant Camille Bordey (Sara Martins) and DI Poole. When Miller decided to leave the show after two seasons, it was not to be, however. Replacing Miller for series 3 is Kris Marshall (My Family) as Detective Inspector Humphrey Goodman.
Fans of the series, and of Miller’s performance, were admittedly a bit skeptical as to Marshall coming on board, but from the looks and sound of things, he’s done a brilliant job so far. Reminiscent of Poole’s arrival on Saint-Marie, Goodman must quickly adjust to his new environment and hit the ground running following the clues left by Poole, himself, to solve the murder case of a fellow British policeman. Here, the ‘outgoing’ Ben Miller and ‘incoming’ Kris Marshall discuss the shocking first episode of Death In Paradise 3 whereby Miller gives some spot-on advice as to how Marshall might need to remain on the show.
Death in Paradise also stars Danny John-Jules and Gary Carr, aka Fidel and Dwayne, who recently took a break from filming the third series to take fans on a behind-the-scenes tour of Saint Marie’s Honore police station, debating the most famous prisoners they’ve ever had in their cells and, then, revealing why the scenery is so distracting that they forget their lines.
Carr, who also plays Jack Ross in the new season of Downton Abbey, recently wrote about the ‘perils’ of playing a detective in the Caribbean. Come to find out, Carr looked within his own immediate family when researching the role as his uncle has been a policeman for over 20 years in Trinidad and Tobago.
All in all, Death in Paradise has been a fun series to watch for two seasons and Marshall deserves a chance to take it to the next level for a few more.
Voted Britain’s favorite sitcom in the 2004 Britain’s Best Sitcom poll, Only Fools and Horses will return for a one-time-only special on 21 March on BBC One as part of Sport Relief.
While original creator and sole writer on the series, John Sullivan, passed away in 2011, the new Sport Relief sketch has been written by his sons, Jim and Dan Sullivan, based on notes their father left behind. While the task of re-creating brilliance was a daunting one, they were helped along from interest by retired ex-England footballer David Beckham to be a part of the Sport Relief sketch. Beckham will be seen joining Del Boy and Rodney in a greasy spoon café in Peckham. Filmed last week, the sketch will reportedly see market trader Del marking his 65th birthday.
Even though the series has been a part of endless conversations and rumors of a return, its been over a decade since anyone has witnessed south London market trader Del Boy and his brother Rodney’s hourly attempts to strike it rich. The 2003 Christmas Day finale, “Sleepless in Peckham”, was seen by over 16 millions viewers.
It’s not surprising that there would be interest in resurrecting the most-popular British situation comedy of all-time given the recent success story of another Sir David Jason vehicle, Still Open All Hours, which aired on Boxing Day this past year to the delight of over 10 million viewers. The Sullivan brothers have, on numerous occasions however, stated just the opposite. Jim Sullivan reconfirmed the brothers feelings recently, “…we would like to make it clear that it is just this once, and that we are not, and never have been, looking to write any new episodes. There was only ever one writer of Only Fools And Horses, and it is going to stay that way“.