Posts tagged as bbc

Exploring the Lunacy of 'The Goon Show'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

It's summer, and for many that means travel. With that in mind, at various points throughout the season, I will be providing you, the [...]

NBC Is Remaking Andy Samberg's BBC Show 'Cuckoo'

NBC is remaking Cuckoo, the BBC show that originally starred Andy Samberg, according to Deadline. Samberg starred on the BBC Three series as an American hippie named Cuckoo who marries an British girl and moves in with her family back in the UK. The American version, which will be written by the original British writers Robin French and Kieron Quirke, is described as focusing on "the story of a middle-class family whose daughter comes back from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating hippie moron." It's unclear whether Samberg would be involved with the series; he's currently on Fox's beloved but ratings-challenged Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which might not make [...]

'Cuckoo', Andy Samberg's BBC Sitcom, Coming Back for Another Season

Cuckoo, the BBC Three sitcom in which Andy Samberg plays an American hippie slacker who's the nightmare of his father-in-law, was the most popular new show on the network last year when it premiered. So it's not a huge surprise that it looks like it'll be returning for a second series later this year. It's not clear whether or not Samberg will return, but with British sitcoms generally having six-episode seasons, compared to 22 for their American counterparts, it would certainly be a much smaller commitment than playing a regular role on, say, Parks and Rec.

Former Head of Comedy at BBC Says He Wishes He Made 'Brass Eye,' Passed on 'Ali G'

Jon Plowman, the BBC's former Head of Comedy, has been responsible for some of the most successful UK comedy series ever, including The Office, Absolutely Fabulous, and The Thick of It, but he told an audience at an arts show in Brighton last night that he regrets not producing Chris Morris's brilliant tabloid news satire Brass Eye, according to Chortle. The Brass Eye pilot was produced by BBC, but the company was worried over the legal risks of running the controversial show. Plus, Plowman revealed that he passed on an opportunity to work with a young Sacha Baron Cohen, explaining "I didn't know who he was at [...]

The Complete Guide to Everything: 'Doctor Who'

High concept experimental episode time! This week Tom spends 20 minutes trying to explain 50 years of Doctor Who lore to Tim, someone who does not know or care about Doctor Who in the least.

After Tim's insistence that Doctor Who is really just Quantum Leap with an attractive redhead, Tom bets Tim that if he watches three hand selected episodes of Doctor Who ("Blink," "The 11th Hour," and "Victory of the Daleks") he'd be bound to like it. We then hop in the TARDIS and travel 4 days into the future to see if it worked. Will he succumb? Well we're certainly not going to tell you here, [...]

Director of BBC Television Bans All-Male Comedy Show Panels

In an interesting move, BBC has announced a ban on all-male panels on popular comedy shows like QI, Mock the Week, and Have I Got News for You. The decision comes after frequent complaints from the network and female comedians alike about the male dominance on the series, whose guest panels featured only 5 women out of a total 38 panelists in recent episodes. Director of BBC Television Danny Cohen called the male-to-female ratio "unacceptable" and was very matter-of-fact about the all-male ban: "We're not going to have panel shows on any more with no women on them. You can't do that. It's unacceptable." BBC's entertainment controller Mark [...]

It's That Episode: Nick Turner Enjoys Breasts with BBC's 'Coupling'

On "It's That Episode" Craig Rowin (UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode and other crap.

Nick Turner (Best Week Ever) introduces Craig to the British TV show Coupling, with a half-English, half-Hebrew, half-gibberish episode called "The Girl with Two Breasts." Nick and Craig discuss British TV shows coming to America, find out what a "gusset" is and talk about Nick falling out of a canoe.

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Fun Thing to Buy of the Day: 'Twenty-Twelve: The Complete Series'

Fans of Downton Abbey may be pleased to know that you can also catch Hugh Bonneville in another show — Twenty Twelve — on DVD starting this week. Bonneville stars alongside Spaced’s Jessica Hynes in the British mockumentary series which follows the committee responsible for planning last year's Summer Olympics in London. The DVD set contains both seasons of the satire for your satire-enjoying enjoyment.

'The Thick of It': the Most Perfectly Obscene TV Show Ever

If you were to make a chart of British influence upon the United States, a start at around 100 percent on the morning of Lexington and Concord would drift relentlessly towards the bottom right corner over time, except in one regard — television. From American Idol to The Office to Trading Spaces to Prime Suspect to America’s Got Talent to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, our appetite for concepts coined in London remains positively colonial.

As some sort of sop to national pride, these efforts are made over in our own image of course, with new performers, writers, and creators (occasional hold-over viceroys like Simon Cowell and Piers [...]

Henson is Producing a Show of British Puppets for British Humans

If you liked the above video, you are in luck because the BBC is going to be airing a new Jim Henson Company produced puppet program (or programme, to put it Britishly). English comedian Danny Baker will be running the show with the Henson team. Entitled No Strings Attached, the puppets apparently won't be able to move their likely string-based appendages or maybe they will. Considering that British people and Muppets are the two most adorably voiced things in the world, I think the kids are going to be all over this thing like kids watching a television show they like.

BBC Is Making a Movie About Laurel and Hardy

The BBC has announced that they're making a movie about the lives of famed comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, and it'll be written by Philomena co-writer Jeff Pope. Called Stan and Ollie, the 90-minute TV movie will chronicle Laurel and Hardy's disastrous UK tour at the end of their careers in 1953, which ended in Hardy having a heart attack. There's no word yet on who will be cast as Laurel or Hardy.

Watch Ricky Gervais's New Short Starring David Brent from 'The Office'

When Ricky Gervais announced last month that he was reviving his Office character David Brent for a new short film, it seemed like an iffy proposition that could tarnish the legacy of the classic show. But it turns out the 10-minute short, entitled "The Return of Brent," is actually pretty good. It picks up with Brent 10 years after The Office's Christmas special finale to find him working in a new career as a rap producer. The short aired on the BBC during Comic Relief's Red Nose Day Friday and is the first piece of original content to debut on Gervais's YouTube channel. Although Gervais reprised his [...]

Enjoy the 1981 Mel Brooks BBC Doc 'I Thought I Was Taller'

Mel Brooks was the subject of this wildly funny BBC documentary, I Thought I Was Taller, that originally aired in 1981 and has now surfaced on the shores of YouTube. The doc was released to coincide with the premiere of The History of the World, Part I. Finally, we get to see what it's like when Mel Brooks watches one of his own movies. Check out the rest of the hour-long special, embedded after the jump:

(via Classic Television Showbiz).

'Episodes' to Shoot a Nine-Episode Third Season

A third season of the Matt LeBlanc tour de funny Episodes will shoot next year for Showtime and the BBC. "I guess Episodes will have more EPISODES," jokes everyone.