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May 2016 Correspondents

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Tue 31 May 2016

Circus got sexy... but at what cost? | Mat Ricardo's monthly dispatch from the variety circuit

Circus got sexy... but at what cost?

Mat Ricardo's monthly dispatch from the variety circuit

31/05/2016 … When I was a quite young child, maybe six or seven, my parents took me to a circus.

Sun 22 May 2016

BBC Scotland has contempt for its comedy audience | Colin Edwards attacks condescending and narrow-minded commissioners

BBC Scotland has contempt for its comedy audience

Colin Edwards attacks condescending and narrow-minded commissioners

22/05/2016 … It was a few years ago and after producing The Franz Kafka Big Band for BBC Radio Scotland and The Atrocity Machine for Channel 4 Radio, I was asked by BBC Scotland’s comedy department to submit a sitcom script that could be considered for Scottish TV.

Tue 10 May 2016

These Upstart Crow critics shouldn't be given credibility | Steve Bennett on the reaction to Ben Elton's sitcom
© BBC/Colin Hutton
© BBC/Colin Hutton

These Upstart Crow critics shouldn't be given credibility

Steve Bennett on the reaction to Ben Elton's sitcom

10/05/2016 … The BBC launched a major new sitcom last night… let’s see what the newspapers verdict was.

Thu 05 May 2016

Is this routine lazy? | Ariane Sherine's continuing adventures in stand-up

Is this routine lazy?

Ariane Sherine's continuing adventures in stand-up

05/05/2016 … This week, I wrote a short routine which I was really happy with.

Wed 04 May 2016

Variety isn't dead. It's on YouTube | Mat Ricardo's monthly dispatch from the variety circuit

Variety isn't dead. It's on YouTube

Mat Ricardo's monthly dispatch from the variety circuit

04/05/2016 … This month brought the return of Britain's Got Talent, which, as we all know, is a shiny-floored, over-lit sausage machine that transforms the fame-hungry into the world-weary, at the behest of the botoxed and talentless, and for the amusement of those who should know better, but are too jaded or cynical to remember that they should.

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