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News: Fry And Laurie Sketch Predicts Social Distancing

In the late eighties/early nineties there was a bit of a vogue for doing interviews in unusual ways. Paula Yates did hers on a bed on The Big Breakfast and I remember Rowland Rivron doing them while in the Thames. But one sprang to mind recently that is painfully appropriate and I've not seen anyone else mention it. It's A Fry and Laurie sketch in which the interviews were conducted "standing quite a long way away from".

News: Armando Iannucci's Avenue 5 To Return

Following the successful debut of the first season on Sky One and streaming service NOWTV, the Sky original comedy series Avenue 5 has been renewed for a second season.


News: Date Confirmed For New Armando Iannucci/Hugh Laurie Comedy Avenue 5

the transmission details hsve been confirmed for Avenue 5, the new series from Armando Iannucci, the creator of The Thick Of It and VEEP and starring Hugh Laurie.

Avenue 5 is a space tourism comedy set 40 years into the future. It is a Sky original series co-produced with HBO and will air on Sky One and streaming services NOW TV on Wednesday 22 January 10pm, with episodes airing weekly.


News: Hugh Laurie To Star In Political Thriller

Award-winning actor Hugh Laurie (House, The Night Manager) will play a Conservative minister in a major new political thriller for BBC One written by David Hare (Collateral) and produced by The Forge (Collateral, National Treasure, Kiri).

Roadkill is a four-part fictional thriller about a self-made, forceful and charismatic politician called Peter Laurence (Hugh Laurie).


News: Hugh Laurie To Star In TV Version Of Catch 22

Hugh Laurie is one of the stars of Channel 4's six-part series Catch-22 alongside George Clooney. Based on the celebrated novel of the same name written by Joseph Heller, the series is executive produced and directed by Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winner George Clooney (Up in the Air, The Ides of March). They will be joined by Emmy® winner Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, “Bloodline”) and Christopher Abbott (“Girls”), with further cast to be announced. 


News: Hugh Laurie Gets A CBE

Actor Hugh Laurie has been appointed a CBE in the New Year Honours list.

The 58-year-old, who broke through in the 1980s in comedy roles and alongside Stephen Fry, already has an OBE and is being given the upgraded honour for his services to drama. He was one of the stars of the BBC drama The Night Manager (pictured). 


News: Hugh Laurie Gets Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Hugh Laurie has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

Laurie said at the ceremony: "This is not a fair world. I'm 57 now and I've lived a life of extraordinary good fortune from start to finish, so much so I'm anticipating a piano falling on my head to redress the balance. I've been incredibly lucky. I'm going to bask in this extraordinary honour and my extraordinary good luck and I'll set to work first thing tomorrow on the global unfairness problem."


Opinion: Dynamic Duos – The Secret of Successful Double Acts

Interesting to read about Griff Rhys Jones paying tribute to Mel Smith in the Radio Times this week while also pointing out how different they were. “I invited Mel to my country cottage and he never took his coat off. He took me to the races and I read a book. I dragged him sailing and he asked to 'go in' when we were halfway home and 30 miles from the nearest port. He loved a drink. I am teetotal. He never carried a credit card. I never have cash. He never went for a walk. I run ten miles a week. He worshipped Stephen Sondheim.

TV Review: Frost on Sketch Shows, BBC4/David Frost Obituary

Sunday Sept 1, 2013. I just heard on the radio that Sir David Frost had died so googled myself to see if I'd ever interviewed him – it's easier than using one's memory these days. I hadn't but I had written about him recently when he presented this TV documentary reviewed below on the history of the sketch show.

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