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TV: Motherland, BBC2

The pilot of Motherland went out last year and was one of the best pilots I've seen in recent memory. But then that's no surprise.

News: Transmission Date Confirmed For New Count Arthur Strong Series

BBC1 has confirmed the transmission date for the new series of sitcom Count Arthur Strong.

It will return to BBC1 on May 19 at 8.30pm.   .

The seven-part series is once again written by Steve Delaney, who plays Count Arthur, and Graham Linehan. The regular cast all returns. There is Michael (Rory Kinnear), Eggy (Dave Plimmer), John The Watch (Andy Linden) and cafe owners Bulent (Chris Ryman) and his sister Sinem (Zahra Ahmadi). There is also a new customer, cheerful Birdie (Bronagh Gallagher).

News: Diet of Worms For Radio 4

Diet of Worms, the Irish sketch group behind BBC4 comedy The Walshes, is making a pilot for Radio 4. 

Kült is about a group of five lowly but loveable Irish employees of a massive global furniture corporation based in Dublin - a modern Nordic company which resembles more of an insane religious sect than a traditional business. 

All this and Adam Buxton is a special guest.

News: Graham and Helen Linehan Hit Out At Irish Abortion Law

Comedy writer Graham Linehan and his wife Helen Linehan have condemned the law that makes abortion illegal in Ireland. They were speaking in a video as part of an Amnesty International Campaign calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in Ireland. 


News: Graham Linehan & Adam Buxton Team Up on Space Sitcom

Graham Linehan and Adam Buxton are working together on a new sitcom called The Cloud set in space.

According to the Radio Times the comedy, being developed for Channel 4, is set on a 'data hub' floating above the earth which looks after all the information stored on computer devices, from funny videos of kittens to hardcore pornography.

Buxton is also set to be one of the stars, alongside Aisling Bea and Jamie Demetriou. A pilot is to be shot for the channel this Spring.

News: Writer Steps Up Complaints About Axing of The Walshes

Writer Graham Linehan has become increasingly vociferous on Twitter today following the news that his sitcom The Walshes has been axed

The sitcom, created by sketch group Diet of Worms in collaboration with Linehan, ran for three episodes first on BBC4 and then on BBC2. It will not be returning, according to the BBC.


News: Graham Linehan Joins Big Comedy Conference

Beyond The Joke can exclusively reveal that comedy writer Graham Linehan will be taking part in the forthcoming Big Comedy Conference as one of the headline speakers on Saturday, November 29. The event, organised by the British Comedy Guide, will features talks and advice on how to get on in TV and radio comedy writing from some of the most influential figures in the industry.

News: Roger Lloyd Pack Obituary

Saddened to hear of the death of Roger Lloyd Pack from pancreatic cancer at the age of 69. He was a sitcom regular who will probably - and unfairly - be best remembered in years to come for standing next to Del Boy when he fell through the bar in Only Fools And Horses. He more recently also starred in the Vicar of Dibley, where his hangdog stupidity brightened up most episodes and made what could have been a simple cliched yokel character into something much deeper.

TV Review: Count Arthur Strong, BBC2

Update 14/9/13 – Good to see the first series of Count Arthur Strong getting a quick Saturday night repeat run at 7.30pm from tonight. It could be the perfect feet-up, cup-of-tea Dad's Army-type slot for it. Here's a review of the wonderfully nuanced but also enjoyably broad comedy from when it first went out earlier this year. If you like the sitcom you might also be interested in Through It All I've Always Laughed: The Memoirs of Count Arthur Strong, which are published on November  7.

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