Five Unknown BBC Comedy Shows

I have hit a kind of lull again. I have not enough time to watch new things, and those that I do watch are mostly not really worthy of being included in this blog. So I'll get back to lazily linking to other people's opinions. Patrick Norrie wrote an article on Screenrobot entitled "Five great... Continue Reading →

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Campion (1989-1990)

Campion is a BBC TV adaptation of Margery Allingham’s crime novels featuring the mysterious Albert Campion, a character first created in 1929. I only discovered this show a short while ago, never having even heard of the character before. I got the Complete Collection on DVD and watched it in one go. Albert Campion is... Continue Reading →

The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (1998/2000)

Many of you may have heard of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, the fairly new Australian drama series in which a young flapper of independent means solves crimes in 1920s Melbourne. I watched many of the episodes (probably about a third) and found the show very enjoyable, although I will admit that it will probably not... Continue Reading →

Come Fly With Me (2010-2011)

Having recently re-watched this series, I thought I should add it here, as I assume that it is relatively unknown outside the UK. Come Fly With Me is a BBC mockumentary about a variety of characters working in and around airports. The show consists of only one season, containing six episodes, and was created by... Continue Reading →

Robbie the Reindeer (1999-2007)

December is here, and just in time for Christmas I want to introduce you to Robbie the Reindeer. Robbie the Reindeer is a claymation franchise from the BBC. As far as I know, there are three short films in this franchise, all of which are roughly half an hour long. I recently snapped up a... Continue Reading →

Hamilton Mattress (2002)

“Trust me! I’m your agent.” Hamilton Mattress is a British stop motion animated short film, in the style of Aardman’s Wallace and Gromit. It was not done by Aardman, but several people who worked on Hamilton Mattress had previously worked with Aardman on Wallace and Gromit films. And, considering the timing, Hamilton Mattress, which premiered... Continue Reading →

Citizen Smith (1977)

This often overlooked gem is a 4-season BBC comedy series of the late 1970s. It follows the daily life of Wolfie Smith, a layabout and self-proclaimed Marxist revolutionary. Robert Lindsay plays Wolfie with a lot of energy and immerses himself fully in the character. Wolfie Smith is the leader of the Tooting Popular Front, whose... Continue Reading →

Manchild (2002-2003)

And another recommendation which Sleepers inspired me to write. Manchild follows the exploits of a group of four male wealthy friends, some of whom have known each other since childhood. Three of them are single or divorced and their age makes them midlife crisis material. Manchild ran for two seasons, each about 7 or 8... Continue Reading →

The Invisibles (2008)

Talking so much about Sleepers made me realise that I could add some words about The Invisibles as well. The Invisibles shares one of its lead actors (Warren Clarke) with Sleepers. The other lead is Anthony Stewart Head. Not all that dissimilar to Sleepers is the premise: two retired master burglars return from self-chosen exile... Continue Reading →

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