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How The Office changed the British Sitcom

It was 16 years ago this month that The Office debuted on UK screens, and it remains to this day a high watermark of British comedy. It’s perhaps the only 21st Century sitcom that can rival the stalwart classics of Blackadder and Fawlty Towers et al in terms of its lasting impact on UK popular...

The Day Today: standout moments from a classic TV comedy show

Arguably the high watermark of spoof/satire television in the UK, The Day Today is unquestionably an important slice of British comedy history. Spawning from the similarly genius radio show On The Hour, The Day Today brought together several now well-known comedic actors and writers – Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Patrick Marber, David Schneider, Peter Baynham,...

54 years of ‘Doctor Who’ opening title sequences revisited

By this time next year, Doctor Who will have a new actor in the title role, possibly a new companion (if current rumours are to be believed), and certainly a new showrunner in the shape of Chris Chibnall, just as soon as he’s finished clearing up Broadchurch. Another major change is likely to happen once...

10 ‘Rogue One’ Easter eggs you might have missed

If you didn’t know that Rogue One director Gareth Edwards is even more of a Star Wars fanboy than most of us – though we will fight him on that…. with lightsabers – the sheer amount of fanservice in the movie makes it pretty clear. From a quick appearance by certain scum and villainy in the...

‘Being Human’ (2009-2013): A retrospective

One of the British sci-fi/fantasy success stories of the 2010s, Being Human ran on BBC Three for five seasons between 2009 and 2013, gaining a large and devoted fanbase in the process. Its cast ranged from the already well-established (Mark Williams, Julian Barratt) to up-and-comers who went on to even greater things – like Aidan...