The Fast Show
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The Fast Show, known as Brilliant in the US, was a BBC comedy sketch show programme that ran from 1994 to 1997, with a special in 2000 and 2014. It was one of the most popular sketch shows of the 1990s in the UK. The show's central performers were Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day, Mark Williams, John Thomson, Arabella Weir and Caroline Aherne. Other significant cast members included Paul Shearer, Rhys Thomas, Jeff Harding, Maria McErlane, Eryl Maynard, Colin McFarlane and Donna Ewin. [more inside]
It was loosely structured and relied on character sketches, recurring running gags, and many catchphrases. Its fast-paced "blackout" style set it apart from traditional sketch series because of the number and relative brevity of its sketches; a typical half-hour TV sketch comedy of the period might have consisted of nine or ten major items, with contrived situations and extended setups, whereas the premiere episode of The Fast Show featured twenty-seven sketches in thirty minutes, with some items lasting less than ten seconds and none running longer than three minutes. Its innovative style and presentation influenced many later series such as Little Britain and The Catherine Tate Show.
On September 13, 1999, nuclear waste from Earth stored on the far side of the Moon exploded in a catastrophic accident. The explosion knocked the Moon out of orbit and sent it, and the 311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha, hurtling uncontrollably into space. Their subsequent trials and adventures were chronicled... in Space: 1999
. [more inside]
On 1st November 1988
dispatched over fifty crews to chronicle the production, reception and marketing of British television, at a time when, with satellite television yet to launch
, the four main networks
were your only viewing choice. It became the documentary One Day In The Life of Television
, which you can now watch in full on YouTube
. [more inside]
is a 1970 British science fiction television series about a secret military organization which defends the Earth from Alien invaders. The series was created by Gerry & Sylvia Anderson
, who previously created the "Supermarionation" puppet TV series in the 1960's (Thunderbirds
, Fireball XL-5
), and would later create Space: 1999
. The production is highly stylized, from the cars
, hair styles
, and future fashions
to Ebert-worthy parties of the future
, mesh space shirts
and groovy theme music
. [more inside]
There is no questioning Syd Dale's [mid-60s UK NSFW] place amongst the legends of library music. ... his lavish big band inspired compositions were quickly brought to the public's attention through their use in countless t.v. shows and advertisements. Much of his work could be as classed as easy listening however Dale was also adept at incorporating elements of funk and spy jazz.* [The music of the 1967 Spider-Man animated TV series - to which he so memorably contributed - has been discussed previously.] [more inside]
"Little slices of glamour beamed directly into your home in half-hour chunks; a perky theme, flashy titles, charismatic host, inventive format, gags, quiz, games, raucous outro – the works! Incredibly plain people given a quick glimpse of the good life, to which the tanned, funny man in the nice suit held the door." The joys of the 1980s game show
. [more inside]
provide a bridge between programmes, remind the viewer of the channel they're watching and give the announcer something to talk over about what's on next and later. YouTube is a veritable treasure trove of idents, especially British ones, including
Classic BBC2 idents of the 90's
, [more inside]
(1975-77) is a British sci-fi series, the last production of Gerry
and Sylvia Anderson
who were first recognized for their work in "Supermarionation
." This series saw the end of the couple, with Sylvia Anderson leaving the show at the end of the first season. She was replaced by Fred Freiberger, who brought in some Star Trek sensibilities
and attempted to cater the show more to the American action-adventure audience. A third season was planned but not produced, and left the series unfinished, ending on an episode that was "like bad Shakespeare, or worse, bad Star Trek.
" Fans still support the show in many forms, even creating a semi-official fan-produced mini-episode entitled Message from Moonbase Alpha
to bring some completion to the series, which was shown on September 13, 1999 at the Breakaway: 1999
convention. Another group of fans has recently taken to updating the whole series
, to bring Space:1999 into the future
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Mrs. Slocombe is no longer free.
Actress Mollie Sugden has died at 86, after a long illness.
Best known as the irascible Mrs. Slocombe in the long running British sitcom "Are You Being Served?"
who famous cared a great deal
about her pussy.
's Star Stories!
exposes the truths behind the rising & falling of some of your favo(u)rite celebrities: Madonna
, Simon Cowell
, Britney Spears
, George Michaels
, Tom Cruise
, Catherine Zeta Jones
, Posh and Becks
, and Take That
. Partial episodes: Brad
and Jude Law. Occasionally NSFW (language/simulated sex)
Are you a fan of Channel 4's venerable game show Countdown
, but never had the chance to play? Check out this
well-made Flash version. It's just one of the classic British game shows made interactive at wedigtv.com
, which also features The Price is Right
, Family Fortunes
, and Blockbusters
. Caution: Heavy Flash video, commercial breaks, and some of the UI takes a bit of practice. Via.
Jerry Springer: The Opera?
You know, whenever I happened to have this misfortune to watch Springer, I too thought "It's got tragedy. It's got violence. There are people screaming at each other and you can't understand what they're saying." but I didn't quite make the leap that "It's perfect for opera."
But now on an operatic journey that takes us the tv studio to hell
, the British National Theatre
is realizing this vision.
To quote from the libretto: "This is a Jerry Springer moment!" sing the chorus. "We don't want this moment to end, so cover us in chocolate and throw us to the lesbians."
Skeptical? Read the reviews!
The Big Breakfast
used to be the cornerstone of British breakfast television
. In recent weeks, however, it's been looking a bit limp
, the recent sacking of a host
being the least of their worries. And although much of the country are looking elsewhere
for their morning TV, the head of the network it's on
has come out in support
. Perhaps he should be looking to the past