Compiling a list of Britain's top 10 classic sitcoms isn’t as easy as it sounds. We all broadly agree on recent shows that are great examples of British comedy, but when it comes to casting our minds further back it can be hard to tell if some shows are still loved because they remind us of our childhoods, or whether they actually stand up as credible comedy.
The 70s sitcom, The Good Life, is celebrated by Giles Coren and Sue Perkins in a new documentary this Monday--35 years after it first aired--and it's got us thinking: what other golden oldies deserve similar reminiscence? Below are our favourite classic sitcoms feel free to add yours to the comments box below.
10. Red Dwarf (1988-1999)
Recognising that sci-fi is an often absurd genre, yet offers huge creative potential, this show had an unconventional sitcom setting. Yet it relied on ...
The ITV show attracted nearly double the audience of BBC One's adventure drama Robin Hood, which had 5.3 million viewers (23%) at the same time.
Doctor Who's hour-long Easter special, entitled Planet of the Dead, drew more people to BBC One, peaking with 8.7 million viewers. The sci-fi show, starring David Tennant and Michelle Ryan, drew 2.6 million more people than the channel's slot average for the year and was up by 1 ...Read more
A brief rant today about TV.
Of course, it being the Easter weekend and all, there were a lot of big things on TV aside from the usual biblical epics and family classics rolled out as a matter of course. However one of those things represented something close to my heart. That thing is Red Dwarf.
I have been a fan of Red Dwarf from around the age of 8, and got into it at the time when series VI was showing. This was a bad point to become a fan, as it was at the time of the split between the writing partnership of Grant Naylor, and as a result the series had already peaked in quality. Still I remained a fan and also having slowly viewed the back catalogue of episodes I remained so, in spite of the two later and rather fan testing series. However this weekend ...Read more
The brand-new three-part special, entitled Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, reunites the original crew over twenty years since their first show this Good Friday.
Digital channel Dave announced Red Dwarf's return in January, and since then the show's stars have been busy filming their latest space adventure. The crew help fulfil Dave Lister’s (Craig Charles) lifelong dream and finally make their way back to Earth.
The new series also welcomes a new face to the team. Peep Show's Sophie Winkleman will be giving Chris Barrie's character Rimmer a run for his money by joining the cast as his holographic replacement, Katerina. Don't panic though--Rimmer has no intention of stepping down without a fight.
Speaking about the show’s comeback in his UKTV blog, Barrie admits: "Like millions of fans and everyone involved with the making of Red Dwarf, I eagerly await the transmission of ...Read more
Much of the original cast of Red Dwarf, which first aired in 1988, will return to our screens with three brand-new episodes next Friday as part of a special sci-fi weekend on digital channel Dave.
Speaking about the reunion, Chris Barrie, who plays Arnold Rimmer on the show, told The Sun: "We all think this could be the start of something big -- perhaps a new mini-series, a film or just a series."
Barrie's co-star Robert Lllewellyn has also suggested a comeback could be on the cards. The actor, who plays sanitation mechanoid Kryten on Red Dwarf, responded directly but somewhat cryptically to ...Read more
The stars of the hit sci-fi comedy, Craig, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn - who play Lister, Rimmer, The Cat and Kryton - are reuniting for a special episode Red Dwarf: Back To Earth to be aired on Dave.
Craig wrote on his blog on dave.uktv.co.uk: "I wonder if we're too fat and old and grey and past it."
He continued: "Can we recapture the magic? Was there ever really any magic in the first place?
"Can I feign interest as Chris talks me through the orgasmic delight of stripping down the engine of 1963 Bentley and putting it back together.
"Then there's Robert with his production company and his fingers in pies and his endless enthusiasm for new technology and his overbearing decency and puppydog niceness which makes you want to stroke him with a ...Read more
The new series, which has been commissioned by British digital channel Dave, will reunite the original Red Dwarf crew 21 years after the sci-fi show first took off on the BBC.
3 Million Years from Earth, the mining ship Red Dwarf Its crew: Dave Lister, the last crew member alive Arnold Rimmer, a hologram simulation of his dead bunkmate Cat, a humanoid, evolved from Lister's cat. Additional: The ship's crew has come across new members: Kryten, a series 4000 mechanoid rescued from the Nova 5 Navigation Officer Kristine Kochanski, from a parallel universe. I am Holly, the ship's computer with an IQ of 6000 (and rapidly decreasing). Message Ends. ========================== Welcome to the Red Dwarf guide. Enjoy the backstory and details of one of the best SF parodies ever created for TV.moreless