Once in every lifetime comes a sitcom like this...
Let's hop in our time-machine and travel back to 1960s Poplar in the east end of London...!
OK, so Dr. Who & The Daleks was a movie, not a TV show, but I first saw it on TV so that counts... The movie -- loosely based on the second story of the then-relatively-fresh smash-hit BBC science fiction show -- was released in 1965 and stared Peter Cushing as the title character... a … Continue reading Comics on TV: Dr. Who & The Daleks
British comics fan Brian Meenan has spotted Arthur Fowler (played by Bill Treacher) reading a copy of Cor!! in a repeat of the BBC soap opera Eastenders... The issue in question is cover-dated 27th April 1974... On his Facebook post, Brian mentions that this episode is the one in which Arthur dies. According to Wikipedia, … Continue reading Comics on TV: Eastenders
Long before The Young Ones deigned to (dis)grace the TV airwaves, and longer before I'd even heard of Monty Python's Flying Circus, my comedy heroes were Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor, AKA The Goodies. They were silly, inventive, childish, slightly subversive, much more accessible to younger people like myself, and above all they … Continue reading Oddities: Goody Goody comic
The Deceived is a four-part contemporary thriller created and written by Lisa McGee (of Derry Girls fame) and Tobias Beer. It's recently finished airing on Virgin Media One here in Ireland, and for me, personally, it was an absolute triumph. Not because of the story or the acting or the scenery or whatever, although there … Continue reading Comics on TV: The Deceived
In the 2006 TV show Life on Mars (named after the David Bowie song that was released on the 1971 album Hunky Dory) Manchester-based police officer Sam Tyler is struck by a car and wakes up in the year 1973. He doesn't know whether he's going crazy, in a coma, or has travelled back in … Continue reading Comics on TV: Life on Mars
BBC2's excellent Back in Time for the Corner Shop is a show that sends a modern family "back in time" to run an old-fashioned corner shop, with all the restrictions and rules commensurate to the era, including having to deal with imperial measurement, food-shortages, ration books, pre-decimal currency, etc. It's an extremely engaging show, chiefly … Continue reading Comics on TV: Back in Time for the Corner Shop