Posts Tagged ‘British’

Was It Something I Said

Monday, October 28th, 2013

This new quiz is not going to help my little problem staying away from English comedy panel shows. Not only is this on top of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You and too many others to mention, it’s hosted by David Mitchell and stars the hilarious, nerdy, dreamboatish Richard Ayoade.

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Luxury Comedy

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

I nearly had a stroke when I first saw Luxury Comedy, and not in a good way, despite being a fan of The Mighty Boosh and Noel  Fielding. Maybe the absence of the Boosh’s Julian Barrett was too jarring.

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Mighty Boosh

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

‘Mr. Susan’ in the “Mirror World” – this scene from the BBC’s The Mighty Boosh is a pretty good introduction to this cult BBC TV show. The show, the surreal adventures of two London zookeepers’, features DIY production and costume design that owes a lot to comedian Noel Fielding, one of the show’s two actor/writers.

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Playplax by Patrick Rylands

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

 

Playplax, another toy from my childhood, was designed in 1966 by the brilliant British industrial designer Patrick Rylands. It’s in the permanent collection of the V&A Museum in London. Thanks to Fraser for actually finding it online, after I failed to (see his comments here).

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Wallander

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Wallander, the Swedish detective of Swedish books, TV and film, has now appeared in a BBC remake starring Kenneth Branagh. Shot in Sweden, the BBC remake has a Bergman-like mute bleakness despite the attractive minimalism of (most of) the interiors. The police station is  midcentury modern—are there really such police stations in small town Sweden?

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Life on Mars, 1973

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Life on Mars, the BBC TV sci-fi police show, takes place in 1973. But it’s a 1973 of the mind, and this is a matter of plot, not just artistic license. The show’s protagonist, a police detective, suffers a serious car accident in the year 2006 and wakes up in the early 70s.

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