US/Australian comedy
When US TV remakes work

When US TV remakes work

I've written a few pieces over the years about America's seemingly insatiable need to remake some of our biggest hits. Nine out of ten of those attempts fail to match the quality of the originals and  end in utter disaster. Too often remakes either get lost in...

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How did James Corden’s first show go?

How did James Corden’s first show go?

When it was first announced James Corden would take over from Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show on CBS I remember feeling perplexed. It seem to come completely out of left field. Despite success on Broadway and his beloved Gavin & Stacey being remade...

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Family Guy to move to ITV2

Family Guy to move to ITV2

ITV is to become the free-to-air home of all new series of the hugely popular Seth MacFarlane comedy Family Guy, ITV and Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution announced today. Beginning this autumn, all new series of Family Guy will have their UK premiere...

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Family Guy in Springfield: Did it work?

Family Guy in Springfield: Did it work?

This article contains spoilers for a Family Guy which is expected on BBC Three later in the year. By now, if you wanted to know what people made of the Family Guy/The Simpsons crossover you will have typed 'Family Guy Simpsons crossover' into a search engine of your...

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First Clip of Ja’mie: Private School Girl

First Clip of Ja’mie: Private School Girl

Australia's ABC network have released the first clip of Chris Lilley's new comedy Ja’mie: Private School Girl. The new series follows his teenage girl creation in her final year of school, seeing her far removed from the hallowed grounds of Summer Heights...

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BBC3 To show new show from Chris Lilley

BBC3 To show new show from Chris Lilley

Australian writer and performer Chris Lilley’s hilariously monstrous teen creation – bitchy school girl Ja’mie King - is returning to BBC Three for another term in a brand-new six-part comedy series. Manipulative and shallow exchange student Ja’mie was last seen...

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American: The Bill Hicks Story

William Melvin Hicks: we miss you. Now here's Tom with the weather. There are very few reasons why anyone would want to be older than they are but I'd gladly have a few extra wrinkles to have experienced Hicks at his best. I was 9 years old when Bill Hicks died. I...

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Modern Family, Sky1

Apparently the traditional sitcom is dead but hopefully it won’t be long before the irritable, shaky one handed filming technique (just use a sodding tripod!) pioneered by shows such as ‘The Office’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ follows suit and it’s hideous amounts of...

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Little Britain USA, BBC1

Did we like it? It’s not a case of building something up to knock it down, or hating it when our friends become successful, Little Britain USA is an exemplar of something that was once sporadically twisted and frequently funny metamorphosing into utter rubbish. What...

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The Nominees, FX

Did we like it? Despite too much time spent with the necessary introductions of the grotesques competing for Australian of the Year, we saw the same glimpses of wit and imagination as in Summer Heights High that make star Chris Lilley an outstanding new comedy talent....

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The Class, Channel 4

Did we like it? There were a couple of promising moments in this comedy about a class reunion 20 years after their first meeting, but we can’t see that there is enough material to sustain a series, let alone make it the next Friends (which it clearly aspires to be)...

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Back To You, More 4

Back To You, More 4

Did we like it? Kelsey Grammer returns to the sitcom as Chuck Darling, a LA TV anchorman who gets fired after an on-screen outburst and has to return after 10 years away to his old anchor job at a Pittsburgh TV station. This pilot episode concentrated on the...

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Summer Heights High, BBC3

Summer Heights High, BBC3

Did we like it? This spiritual successor of The Office is a very funny and well-observed spoof documentary set in a grimy school, and is the sort of comedy that will get better with repeated viewings. But whether Summer Heights High scales the same Olympian heights as...

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Entourage, ITV2

Did we like it? Sadly, no. The series four opener was a spoof The Making Of... documentary and the usual style and pace was badly restrained. What was good about it? • Vince Chase's new film Medellin is in the can in Columbia so the rest of the series will be back in...

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The Big Bang Theory, Channel 4

Did we like it? Leonard and Sheldon: Two 20-something nerdy physicists who share an apartment across the hallway from the newly single, gorgeous and not very bright Penny. Most of the laughs spring from their nerdish behaviour and complete ineptness with women. So...

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What About Brian, E4

Did we like it? An intelligent, well-acted, slick, perhaps too slick, drama about how difficult people find it to become adults when all they really want to do is live their carefree teenage years over and over again. What was good about it? • A cast of characters who...

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Lucky Louie, FX

Did we like it? You can stick your Will & Grace, your Friends, maybe even your Scrubs up your jacksie. A proper dirty sitcom about proper people with proper problems written by the genius that is Louis C.K. Highly recommended. What was good about it? • This is a...

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