Today: July 9, 2024

Huw Thomas

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Morecambe and Wise at ITV

It’s been a good year for Morecambe and Wise fans. July saw the broadcast of a rediscovered episode of their BBC series and the release of Louis Barfe’s definitive biography Sunshine and
December 15, 2021

A Run for Your Money

Ealing Studios released four comedies in 1949 – Passport to Pimlico, Whiskey Galore!, Kind Hearts and Coronets and A Run for Your Money. All four were nominated for Best British Film at
March 28, 2021

Sailors Three

“All over the place / the north or the south, the east or the west / there’s half of the world tattooed on his chest” so goes “All Over the Place”, the
March 18, 2021

It’s in the Air

George Formby’s sixth film for Associated Talking Pictures, 1938’s It’s in the Air finds the ukulele man in his imperial phase. Formby’s first film for ATP, 1935’s No Limit, saw him play
February 15, 2021

Please Turn Over

Premiering in December 1959, Please Turn Over is a British comedy that, in its own way, reflects the teenage rebellion and sexual liberation of the decade to follow. It centres on Jo
January 18, 2021

Play for Today: Volume One

Play for Today, the seminal BBC1 anthology series, provided endless water cooler moments in Britain before the term had been coined. Running from 1970 to 1984, its 306 one-off dramas were broadcast
November 16, 2020

The Bruce Forsyth Show

With more recent vehicles like Strictly Come Dancing and Bruce’s Price Is Right fresher in the public memory, it’s easy to forget that Bruce Forsyth achieved domination in the 1960s. Having achieved
November 9, 2020

Trouble Brewing

George Formby is still one of film’s most unlikely superstars. The Lancastrian comic’s screen performances, always as a gawping everyman nifty at the banjolele who must achieve success in a field alien
October 16, 2020
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