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Is it January yet? Can we stop doing this now?
Great bigbollocked late 90s ensemble comedy miniseries don’t come finer than In The Red. This features Warren Clarke, Alun Armstrong, Keith Barron, Stephen Fry, John Bird, Richard Griffiths, Rik Mayall, Siobhan Redmond, John Sessions, Richard Wilson, Rebecca Front, Sally Phillips, Kevin Eldon, Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Zoe Ball and Kevin Greening at various points throughout. What’s not to like?
A keyboard. Straggly hair. A Bastard Bunny t-shirt. Edgar Wright on directing duties and Simon Pegg as a supporting player. Oh, and despite it being brilliant, it didn’t make it past one series shoved on the dark end of Newsnight.
Episode one doesn’t seem to be online in full, so here’s episode two.
Courtesy the splendid CooperWeekend, another documentary we should have put in that earlier blog update about documentaries. This time, BBC Four’s 2003 glance at shows that had been thought lost forever.
Pretty much every episode of Flying Circus is up there, so that you can rediscover for yourself that, despite what is often claimed, Python was more hit than miss. Here’s The BBC Entry To The Zinc Stoat of Budapest (or series 1 ep 6).
Frosty. He’s grrrreat. And so is Roy Kinnear. Et al.
Timecode ahoy! From 1974, Rita Tushingham and Keith Barron play two single people trying to share a flat. FUN FACT: This is the source of that “COULD YOU HURRY UP, PLEASE!” archive clip seen in bumpers on Fist Of Fun. If you own that on DVD. Like us.
From 1980, the first outing for the Maplins massive.
Incorrectly regarded as rubbish, it seems, this is long overdue a critical re-evaluation. Yeah, try to ignore everything Ben Elton has done over the last ten years, this is good. And the entire second series of it is available on YouTube.
To close, a perfect antidote to the winter blues. Mainly by seeing how Jack and Victor cope with the coldest season themselves.
Phew, eh? Tomorrow: something else.