April 2012 Correspondents
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Mon 30 April 2012
The golden age of comedy? There was no such thing
..argues Chris Hallam
30/04/2012 … Has there ever been a golden age of British sitcom? Perhaps it’s time the whole idea was laid to rest.
Whatever happened to the British sitcom?
Jack Cooper says we're being outclassed by the Americans
30/04/2012 … Maybe I’m biased but I feel like I grew up through the golden age of the British sitcom.
Thu 26 April 2012
Well, it's no Tony Le Mesmer...
Jude Evans talks to David Schneider about his new sitcom
26/04/2012 … Tell us a little bit about your new Radio 4 sitcom, Births, Deaths & Marriages The sitcom is set in a register office.
Tue 24 April 2012
Making an decent Fist of it..
Daniel Block talks to Richard Herring, and Chris Evans of indie DVD label Go Faster Stripe
24/04/2012 … Richard Herring and Stewart Lee funded the release of Nineties BBC comedy show Fist Of Fun with their own money, buying the rights from the BBC and financing their own production of DVD extras as well via the indie label Go Faster Stripe.
Wed 18 April 2012
Falling at the first
Chris Hallam on sitcoms' opening episodes
18/04/2012 … Father Ted was oddly flat.
Tue 17 April 2012
BBC Three's beyond a joke
Boom Town is the last straw for Paul Jensen
17/04/2012 … I like to think of it as a charity, at least that’s why BBC Three still exists I presume; something to keep the kids from rioting.
Mon 16 April 2012
Diane Spencer wonders why every TV comedy needs an 'angle'
16/04/2012 … ‘We’re just not sure it’s original enough.
Sat 14 April 2012
The only joke in Derek is Gervais
Amy Gledhill isn't impressed
14/04/2012 … Oh dear.