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The Great Penelope Keith

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The seventies were still hugely patriarchal times, and British comedy was no different. The heavy hitters of comedy at the time were Morecambe and Wise, the Two Ronnie, Les Dawson… all men. There were, however, some women who managed to break through Read more ›

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Something Old: That Mitchell and Webb Look

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TV is filled with the ridiculous. Programmes that engineer drama and stress out of even just baking a cake, the listings are filled with competitions. With contestants who have devastating back-stories, tears over getting a compliment and observational documentaries that try and Read more ›

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Something Old: The Long Forgotten Music Hall

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Before television changed the face of entertainment, people throughout Britain would go to their local music hall. A music hall was a theatre featuring a variety of acts from magicians to comics, singers to dancers and anything in between. It Read more ›

Something Old: Britain’s Comedy Legends of the Woodstock Era

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Right now, in the UK and Ireland, comedy is doing a roaring trade. Comedians are performing in sold out arena tours, their DVDs and books are the bestsellers of every Christmas season and a swathe of sitcoms and studio shows Read more ›

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