TV Review: Upstart Crow, Episode 6, The Quality Of Mercy

For those armchair critics that have been constantly comparing Ben Elton’s Upstart Crow to Blackadder there was a delicious surprise in the final episode featuring Gabrielle Glaister from his old series which made it clear that Elton knew the similarities were there when he first put quill to paper to write this comic celebration of the bard.

Opinion: Should Comedians Accept Honours?

A bumper crop of gongs for our comedy brethren in the Queen's Birthday Honours List this morning. Tony "Baldrick" Robinson gets a knighthood for his public and political work and Rowan Atkinson is awarded a CBE for his services to drama and charity.  Rob Brydon bags an MBE, while veteran producer Jon Plowman pocketed an OBE and founder of the Leicester Comedy Festival Geoff Rowe trousered a BEM.

Opinion: Ben Elton's The Wright Way – Or Wrong Way?

Ricky Gervais has got a lot to answer for. Watching a preview of Ben Elton's new BBC sitcom The Wright Way it appears that he has taken his inspiration from When The Whistle Blows, the fictional workplace comedy featured in Extras. The gags might fly thick and fast, but they are peppered with farcical misunderstandings and cheap innuendo about knobs and knickers.

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