“I’m going down the pub!”

From 1965 to 1975, British TV audiences made Till Death Us Do Part—a taboo-breaking program about a working-class family whose patriarch (played by Warren Mitchell) wasn’t shy about making his uncomfortably racist views loud and clear—one of the BBC’s most popular situation comedies.  Created by Johnny Speight, who based much of the show on his own upbringing (a situation he… Continue reading “I’m going down the pub!”


Children should be seen…and heard, to be honest

The success of importing the BBC’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus to public television stations in the mid-70s led to a “British Invasion” of sitcoms and comedy shows that, sadly, have been abandoned because these same stations are apparently unable to see offerings beyond the overexposed Are You Being Served?  I rag on AYBS a lot, but it’s mostly due to its saturation in the… Continue reading Children should be seen…and heard, to be honest

Movies · Television

No men, no money, no problems

Not long after I got my first DVD player and started amassing the collection I jokingly refer to as “the dusty Thrilling Days of Yesteryear archives,” an online friend of mine explained to me the difference between Region 1 discs, Region 2 discs, etc. He further enlightened me to the fact that certain films and TV shows… Continue reading No men, no money, no problems

Stuff You Should Know · Television

R.I.P. Gilly Coman

The name is not going to be familiar to many TDOY readers, but to fans of the blog across the pond and elsewhere, I learned a short while ago through an e-mail that actress Gilly Coman died on Tuesday from a heart attack at the age of 50. Among her best-known television roles were parts on Emmerdale Farm, Children’s Ward, Springhill, and Brookside.… Continue reading R.I.P. Gilly Coman

Movies · Television

Hell hath no Fury

In my obituary/tribute to the late Peter Graves, I pointed out that this “legendary actor” started his television career with a kiddie-oriented western-adventure series that aired on NBC from 1955-60 entitled Fury (later known in syndication as Brave Stallion). Graves starred as Jim Newton, proprietor of the Broken Wheel Ranch, and young Bobby Diamond played Joey Clark Newton, Jim’s adopted… Continue reading Hell hath no Fury


“Bloody poorer, that’s a fact!”

Yesterday was one of those days where I just didn’t feel like doing much of anything. I had a post rolling around in the spacious area between my ears…but instead, I decided to zone out in front of the TV with reruns (Wagon Train, Run For Your Life) and an Sundance On Demand showing of Auto Focus (2002), Paul… Continue reading “Bloody poorer, that’s a fact!”


His Bark(er) is worse than his bite

In yesterday’s post I neglected to mention another series headed for disc…primarily because it’s not being offered by Shout! Factory. According to, the BBC and Warner Home Video will bring the classic Britcom Open All Hours to DVD June 9th…and the only thing that keeps me doing a merry jig in my driveway is that I already have all… Continue reading His Bark(er) is worse than his bite


“Bloody Gandhi…he wouldn’t eat his dinner, they gave him India!”

There’s a listing over at announcing the release of the third series of the Britcom In Sickness and In Health March 23rd to Region 2 DVD, which is refreshing news to hear as I spent most of Friday evening watching the last release, a collection of the comedy’s Christmas specials telecast from 1985-90 (there were five Yuletide-themed shows in… Continue reading “Bloody Gandhi…he wouldn’t eat his dinner, they gave him India!”


“I’m H-A-P-P-Y…”

Back in September 2003, BFS Entertainment released two volumes of a 1970s Britcom broadcast on ITV as Only When I Laugh. The series—which starred James Bolam (The Likely Lads, Second Thoughts), Peter Bowles (To the Manor Born, The Bounder) and Christopher Strauli (Raffles) as a trio of layabout hospital patients—was created by writer Eric Chappell and from 1979-82 was one… Continue reading “I’m H-A-P-P-Y…”


Thoroughly Modern Mollie

Sorry about not getting the opportunity to post anything of substance today—as if this blog actually has substance—but has an announcement I thought I would pass along to the Britcom fans of TDOY’s readership (both of whom could fit in a phone booth and have room left over for Mo’nique). VEI of Toronto is bringing the Mollie Sugden sitcom That’s My Boy (1981-87) to… Continue reading Thoroughly Modern Mollie