UK Sitcoms

When Massive Dad Met Comic Relief

Stevie Martin | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Comedy
Stevie Martin

When Johnny Depp appeared in the Vicar of Dibley. When Ricky Gervais did that spoof African appeal sketch. French and Saunders doing the Harry Potter rip off, where Dawn French played Hagrid who couldn't quite see Jennifer Saunders' Harry over her own boobs.

Jeffrey Tambor: A Selfless Virtuoso

Ed Cripps | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

Tambor reinvigorated sitcom parenthood and found the role of his career as Maura Pfefferman (formerly Mort Pfefferman) in Transparent. It is the sort of performance that comes around once every ten years, soul-naked, eyes like wet jewels, his voice a ripple of canyon wind. He handles Maura's self-consciousness so sensitively, and her transformation so unshowily...

"I Can Write Better Than That..."

Bennett Arron | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Comedy
Bennett Arron

I'm often asked how I started as a sitcom writer - I think 5 times counts as 'often' - and why I think I'm able to teach others how to write them. I ...

The Five Worst Charity Names

Stuart Laws | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Comedy
Stuart Laws

A disclaimer here, which is, I hope obvious, but should be clarified. I'm not criticising the work of these charities, or the people that work for them, they're doing good work (I assume) and they're good people (I assume).

If 'Wolf Hall' Was An '80s US Sitcom, It Might Look Something Like This...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Comedy

It's the hilarious tale of Thomas Cromwell and his fun-loving chums - it's 'Wolf Hall'... the classic American sitcom! (Video made for HuffPost UK ...

If 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Was An '80s Sitcom, It Might Look Something Like This...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Comedy

In which YouTuber Robert Jones recasts Leonardo DiCaprio's amoral, drug-addled Jordan Belfort as a loveable rogue heading up his own '80s sitcom. M...

British Sitcom Edges Towards New Nadir

Adam Benjamin | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Adam Benjamin

Swimer clearly has talent, but is apparently prepared to operate well within its bounds. And unlike Mrs Brown, the result has no shortage of illustrious fans. Have expectations really fallen so low?

It's 30 Years Since The Last Episode Of 'The Young Ones': Here Are 30 Classic Clips

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Comedy

Rik Mayall's loved ones bid a sad, too-early farewell to the great comedy star at his funeral today. And in a twist of fate which won't be lost on man...

Reflections on Bob Larbey (1934-2014)

Julian Dutton | Posted 06.06.2014 | 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.