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The Fast Show’s greatest ever characters

It’s testament to The Fast Show’s incredible depth of quality that narrowing this list down to a manageable number proved to be so exceedingly difficult. There were so many brilliant characters across the show’s run, it’s easy to forget some absolute gems.There was the thespian who spent “over six hours in make up”, the ever-so...

Doctor Who, Twitch, and why are we surprised younger viewers love classic Who?

There is a theory in the Philosophy of Science called the ‘Pessimistic Meta-Induction Argument’. Simplified, it states ‘Well, we’ve been wrong before, so we’ll probably be wrong again’. In related news, you cannot accurately predict how people will react when viewing pre-1989 Doctor Who stories for the first time. One person’s treasure is another person’s...

Red Dwarf: revisiting the eighth series

It’s time to wrap up our rewatch of classic Red Dwarf with a look back at series VIII… 1999 saw Red Dwarf return for its eighth and final series on the BBC, before taking a whopping ten-year hiatus and relaunching on Dave. Series VIII undid some of the questionable changes that were made in series...

When Christopher H Bidmead was Doctor Who script editor

Christopher Hamilton Bidmead became script editor of Doctor Who in late 1979, brought onboard by new Producer John Nathan-Turner. Bidmead had been an actor, scriptwriter and journalist, and was recommended to JNT by Robert Banks-Stewart (who had written for the show in the mid-Seventies). He inherited a situation where JNT and Executive Producer Barry Letts...

The best new TV comedies of January-March

The first three months of 2018 saw the return of shows including This Country, Mum and Damned, as well as the launch of several brand new sitcoms. Of the new sitcoms that aired in the UK between January and March, we’ve chosen the ones that are most worth catching up with… Derry Girls This Channel...

In praise of​ Big Train: a tribute to the underrated 90s sketch-comedy gem

It’s now been 20 years since Big Train first aired and while it still maintains a strong cult following, the sketch comedy show never quite receives the level of acclaim it perhaps deserves. It can sometimes get somewhat eclipsed by its more commercially successful contemporaries in the sketch show world. Given the consistency and sheer...