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Ever wonder what David Tennant does on holiday?

Unfortunately, this might be as close as you get to an answer. In What We Did On Our Holiday, Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) and their three children travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug’s father Gordie’s (Billy Connolly) birthday party. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a secret under […]

Monty Python, 1969-2014

Dressed in white suit jackets befitting the occasion, the five surviving members of Monty Python, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, closed out their run of reunion shows Sunday evening by bidding farewell with the 1979 song from Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Always Look on the Bright Side of […]

Passing the time until ‘Downton Abbey’ 5 with Hugh Bonneville

Like more everyone on the planet, the world awaits he arrival of Downton Abby. While a number of the inhabitants of Downton, both upstairs and downstairs have found other work in-between series filming, Hugh Bonneville, known on this planet to everyone with a TV as Lord Grantham, recreates his role as Ian Fletcher, the Head […]

Giant Dead Parrot invades London!

The dreaded giant Norwegian Blue has descended on London’s Potters Fields yesterday. The 50 foot fiberglass bird was hung upside down by a crane to mark the forthcoming final time the Monty Python band will get back together, Sunday 20 July at London’s O2 Arena and the subsequent UKTV Gold live simulcast. “We are all […]

Rupert Graves joins cast for ‘Last Tango in Halifax 3′

In years past, fans of a British comedy or drama series would traditionally be left hanging for months not knowing whether or not their favorite series would be commissioned for another season or be unceremoniously axed for no apparent reason. With few exceptions, the fate of most series are not known when the final episode […]

It’s…Monty Python’s The Ministry of Silly Walks game app

Depending on when you read this, the world is approximately 24-36 hours away from the return of Monty Python’s Flying Circus at London’s O2 Arena. On Tuesday, 1 July, as the troupe gets the band back together for one last gig, those that were lucky enough to secure tickets before the :45 sellout, will attempt […]

Capt Blackadder and Private Baldrick were real! Who knew?

With the 100th anniversary of World War I just around the corner on 28 July, news comes out of the UK that there actually was a real-life Captain Blackadder and Private Baldrick. According to military genealogy company, Forces War Records, not only that but just by doing a bit of Sherlockian research they quickly discovered a […]

Eddie Izzard recalls Dallas’ KERA as the first to air Monty Python in the U.S.!

The brilliance that is Eddie Izzard rolled into Dallas last night for two shows (final show is tonight at the Majestic Theatre in Downtown Dallas). #eddieizzardtour   As part of his current Force Majeure U.S. Tour, he put a call out for individuals on his various tour stops to send in and/or post some ‘somewhat […]

Mr. Bates leaves prison for organized crime in ‘Spotless’

One of the greatest things about British television AND one of the most maddening for viewers is the fact that the number of episodes in a series is limited. Unlike their American television counterparts, most British drama and/or comedy series are anywhere between 6-10 episodes max. In some cases like Sherlock or DCI Banks there are only three episodes each season. Three brilliant films but still only three. On the upside, this allows viewers to see their favorite actors in other roles, many times crossing over from drama to comedy or vice versa.

R.I.P. – Rik Mayall

More sad news from the world of comedy. Rik Mayall (pictured at left below), the co-creator/writer and star of The Young Ones has passed away at the age of 56.   Not long after I was introduced to the likes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers on public television, along came this somewhat […]

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