Tag Archives: British Comedy

Saturday Matinee: Whoops Apocalypse

“Whoops Apocalypse” (1982) is a six-part television sitcom by Andrew Marshall and David Renwick, made by London Weekend Television for ITV. The series details the chaotic and increasingly unstable geopolitical situation leading up to the Apocalypse. The chain of events … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: The Magic Christian

“The Magic Christian” (1969) is a British satire directed by Joseph McGrath and loosely adapted from the 1959 novel of the same name by Terry Southern, who co-wrote the screenplay with McGrath. Peter Sellers stars as billionaire Sir Guy Grand, … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: How to Get Ahead in Advertising

“How to Get Ahead in Advertising” (1989) is a British comedy written and directed by Bruce Robinson (Withnail and I) and starring Richard E. Grant and Rachel Ward.  Grant plays Denis Dimbleby Bagley, a cold but effective ad executive who … Continue reading

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Comedian Rik Mayall Dead at 56

I was surprised and saddened to hear the news that counterculture comedian Rik Mayall died in his home in London yesterday. The cause of death hasn’t been released but Scotland Yard reported that it was not believed to be suspicious. … Continue reading

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