There's a lot going on in that title, isn’t there? There’s the charity bit, which is the main thing, and using the Bake Off tent as the arena for a nationwide bake sale to fight cancer has to be a good thing. But let’s look at the other bit. The word “British” has been replaced by “Celebrity”. That’s certainly how it feels sometimes, as if our once proud nation has been turned into light entertainment, a reliable source of mirth for the rest of the world in which our most eliable export is our ability to self-satirise (not always intentionally). Now let’s take a look at the celebrity guests. The most famous of them is Michelle Keegan, who used to be in Coronation Street and has now established a career in which once being in Coronation Street isn’t always the first thing that people think of. “The presh,” Michelle keeps saying, meaning pressure. “Right now, the presh.” Then … [Read more...] about It’s Carry On Baking with saucy celebs and a star turn from Rylan
Lloyd Evans 6 March 2019 4:52 PM 6 March 2019 4:52 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Jeremy Corbyn’s task can rarely have been easier at PMQs. The knife-crime epidemic has filled our morgues with the bodies of youngsters slain for no reason. A lack of cops is behind the bloodletting. The headlines say it. Public opinion says it. The boss of the Metropolitan Police says it as well. All Corbyn had to do was identify the culprit. ‘Cop numbers are down. Are you abetting murder, prime minister?’ Simple as that. But instead of a personal query, he delivered a rambling, multi-topic speech that would have suited a book club for retired lady communists. He mentioned International Women’s Day. He touched on the gender pay gap. He drew attention to a south London MP whose mother once filled a deck chair on the Empire Windrush. And he offered his felicitations to a Liverpool MP who has just had a baby. Only then did he move to the … [Read more...] about Corbyn fails to identify the culprit of the knife-crime epidemic
THE makers of The Life and Death of Peter Sellers may not have known about the star's relationship with Margaret Burton but one of her closest friends has revealed that the Yorkshire actress had a very famous admirer. "Their relationship has eluded every Sellers biographer to date, largely because it was kept under wraps for so many years, and she would never discuss it, even with her family," reveals film and theatre critic Michael Thornton."Only a few close friends, like myself, and some professional colleagues like Hattie Jacques and Juliet Prowse, knew about it."Margaret Burton was a talented actress and singer who grew up in Keighley and, after a brief marriage to TV star David Nixon, married Harrogate methodist Arnold Moseley, who was nine years her senior.The wedding took place on June 28, 1952 at the Trinity Methodist Chapel in Harrogate and the couple lived in Spring Lane, Burn Bridge, until their eventual divorce in 1960.Yet within a couple of years of her second marriage … [Read more...] about Harrogate actress in secret Sellers affair
IT’S been hailed as the first situation comedy — a genre it is now impossible to imagine the radio or TV schedules without, writes Peter Anderson. But in 1954, when Hancock’s Half Hour burst on to the airwaves of the BBC Light Programme, it was unlike anything the British public had heard before. Playing a less successful version of himself and surrounded by a cast of fellow comedy greats including Sid James, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams, Tony Hancock became an overnight sensation. Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, who later went on to create Steptoe and Son, Hancock’s Half Hour redefined radio comedy and has had people laughing virtually non-stop ever since. Now, 65 years on from its first broadcast, the Apollo Theatre Company, which recently produced UK tours of classic radio comedies, The Goon Show and Round the Horne, are bringing the show to the stage for the first time. On Sunday evening (February … [Read more...] about Sitcom pioneer Hancock is having his time again
PUBLISHED: 15:54 20 February 2019 | UPDATED: 15:56 20 February 2019 Karen Richards Tony Hancock first broadcasted Hancock’s Half Hour in 1954. Picture: Jasmine Griffiths Archant It would be absolutely criminal if the hilarious comedy scripts of Galton and Simpson never saw the light of day again after their initial airing in the 1950s, so I was pleased to see the grumpy ramblings they wrote with well-known comedian Tony Hancock are being brought to a whole new audience, by way of a touring stage show. The flyer for the touring show.Cult BBC radio classic Hancock’s Half Hour has been re-imagined as a theatrical production, 64 years on, by radio show fanatic Tim Astley and is playing at Weston-super-Mare’s Blakehay Theatre until tomorrow night (Thursday).Hancock’s Half Hour starred self-proclaimed ‘the lad himself’ Tony Hancock, who wrote the part as an exaggerated version of himself, displaying pretentious, pompous, … [Read more...] about Review: Hancock’s Half Hour, From studio to stage − ‘stone me’, ‘it’s the lad himself’!