UK Sitcoms

Reflections on Bob Larbey (1934-2014)

Julian Dutton | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Julian Dutton

I was going to say that Bob Larbey was the last of the great practitioners of the big mainstream audience TV sitcom, but amazingly, by the grace of God, the old pioneers themselves are still alive - Galton and Simpson, the Lennon & McCartney of the half-hour comedy.

Beyond Your Remote Control

Chris Aitken | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Chris Aitken

As an opportunist screenwriter minus a notable broadcast credit, what probably will follow will sound tainted with bitterness and potentially a bit communist. Lets put it this way: I'm not convinced by what's getting churned out by the current mainstream of televised comedy.

WATCH: Catherine Tate Returns To 'The Office'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Comedy

The American Office, that is. Yes, Nellie Bertram is back - and taking on the Dunder Miflin team. Check out this clip from the episode airing on We...

Preview: House of Fools

Roger Crow | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Roger Crow

I laughed so hard, the last 20 years melted away. All those disappointing vehicles like their spin on Randall and and Hopkirk (Deceased) and the later, humdrum Shooting Stars were soon forgiven.

The Internet vs Unrequited Love

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Tech
Furquan Akhtar

hanks to years of unrequited love; a great deal of which came from the girls in my year and partly because of what Britney Spears did to my heart - I have come to a conclusion. We no longer secretly yearn for objects of our affection in the way that we used to.

Happy New Year (TV)

Sonia Waszkowiak | Posted 06.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sonia Waszkowiak

Although my school days are over, late September still feels like the New Year. It is again this time of the year when I'm looking forward to watching television.

'The Larry Sanders Show': The 'Breaking Bad' of Sitcoms

Ed Cripps | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

The week that Breaking Bad finishes, it seems fitting (or the lowest form of hack opportunism to publish an article I've had marinating for months) to reappraise a show as revolutionary, allegorical and morally nebulous in a different genre...

Birds of a Feather: From Screen to Stage - And Back Again?

Rob Atkinson | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rob Atkinson

This week, the rumour is that the story of the Essex girls and their posh neighbour may be due to make a TV comeback. Those of a certain age and a certain sense of humour will have happy memories of the original TV series - but would the format transfer to the stage successfully enough to justify a new lease of life in a prime-time entertainment slot?

Sue Perkins On Writing 'Heading Out'

Radio Times | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK Comedy

Writing is, as I tell my nieces when explaining verbs, “a doing word” – by which I mean, to qualify as a writer, you really need to be engaged i...

RIP Richard Briers: Five Things We'll Remember Him For (CLIPS)

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Comedy

With the death of Richard Briers at the age of 79, Britain has sadly lost one of its finest and best-loved comedy actors. Paying tribute to the man...

WATCH: The Mrs Brown's Boys Episode We All Want To See

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.01.2013 | UK Comedy

Can't stand the sitcom 'Mrs Brown's Boys'? You're not alone. Take some solace in our trailer for the episode we all want to see. (Created for Huffi...

WATCH: If 'Breaking Bad' Was A Sitcom...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK Comedy

Recent weeks have taught us there is no TV drama or film so gritty or serious that it can't be reimagined as a sitcom. We've seen it with 'Game of Thr...

From Sightseers to Wizard's Way: The Bitter Charm of Bedsit Noir

Jonathan Wakeham | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Wakeham

What makes bedsit noir so very British? American noir, however dark, has guns and dames and wisecracks. Its characters are thwarted in the active pursuit of their dreams, as they chase the Maltese Falcon or plot that one last heist.

Stephen Merchant Gets Own US Sitcom

The Hollywood Reporter | Posted 02.11.2012 | UK Comedy

Stephen Merchant Pilot Gets Series Order at HBO The 'Office' co-creator, who penned the script with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, will star in...

Miranda: The Movie?

The Sun | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK Comedy

The third series of comedy 'Miranda' will end with her finally finding love. And the Christmas cliffhanger will tee up a big screen version to be s...

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Selina Wilken | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Selina Wilken

The hit sitcom Husbands released its second episode of season 2, "The Straightening," last week, and now you can watch a behind-the-scenes video featu...

Why 'Bad Education' Is Bad Sitcom

P.J. Baker | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK Comedy
P.J. Baker

Bad Education is currently top of the "Most Popular" programmes on BBC iPlayer, so I thought I'd give it a look. Oh dear. It quickly becomes clear that the writer has never spent any time in a state school. Or in a multi-cultural environment of any kind.

The Long Lost Golden Era Of Comedy

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Tiernan Douieb

Aside from getting confused about how anyone can listen to more than three dubstep tracks in a row without feeling like they need a shit, I am wary of criticising anything or pretending that it was much better in my day.

Top 20 Sitcom Families: Did Your Favourite Make The List?

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK Comedy

Whether they've been set around kitchen tables or living room sofas, in working class lives or elite intellectual ones, family sitcoms have been a sta...

Writing a Sitcom: Rejection Dejection

Marc Paterson | Posted 05.09.2012 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

Rejection is something we all have to go through and it doesn't ever get any easier. Rejection is not a nice feeling; just picture those X-Factor hopefuls who turn up dressed a bit like a holiday camp magician and sing like an adenoidal cat mewling through an inner tube.

Sally Phillips Talks About New Sitcom 'Parents' - And Bridget Jones 3

The Independent | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Comedy

Only now has Phillips' off-kilter disposition brought her a lead role. Could that be why she's acting so anxious? Sally Phillips is anxious. Though...

'Dead Boss' Creators' Guide To TV Prison

The Guardian | Posted 18.06.2012 | UK Comedy

Writers Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh take Hannah Verdier into the telly clinks that inspired their new BBC3 sitcom. 1 Good lawyers? Forget it Ide...

Why Is There Nothing Like 'Seinfeld'?

The Guardian | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Comedy

Jerry Seinfeld's sophisticated, strange sitcom inspired a whole generation of comics - so why is there nothing quite like it today?...

Whatever Happened To...?

Rebecca Hobbs | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Comedy
Rebecca Hobbs

When soap stars are interviewed they are inevitably asked about being recognised in public, not as themselves, but as their characters.

New Girl on the Block: Is New Girl Already Getting Old?

Jade Conroy | Posted 25.03.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jade Conroy

So, the hotly anticipated, latest US import New Girl has arrived, and, judging by the very mixed reviews the show has garnered, it's caused somewhat of a Zooey-shaped stir. Reviews are divided, the twittersphere even more so. Just who is that girl?