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11 items from 2015

Count Arthur Strong is returning to BBC One for a third series in 2016

22 May 2015 2:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Count Arthur Strong is coming back for a third TV series.

The comedy will air seven new episodes on BBC One, with both Steve Delaney and Rory Kinnear reprising their roles.

A reboot of the original radio show, Count Arthur Strong stars Delaney as an ex-variety star, while Kinnear plays Michael, the son of his old performing partner.

Delaney said: "I'm thrilled, delighted and humbled that BBC One have requested another series of Count Arthur Strong. Where do I sign? Quick, before they change their minds!"

Co-writer Graham Linehan added: "Very happy to hear that Arthur, Michael and the gang will have more adventures. And we've got some crackers lined up for this series."

Critics were divided when Count Arthur Strong first aired on TV in 2013, with BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow describing the show as "Marmite" after recommissioning the comedy for a second series.

However, Linehan later suggested: "I »

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20 Years On: The Legacy of Father Ted

21 April 2015 10:16 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe on the legacy of Father Ted

So 20 years ago this week a sitcom debuted on Channel 4. Set in the fictional Craggy Island this focused on a parochial house of three priests and their house keeper. Father Ted ran for three seasons before the untimely death of Dermot Morgan who played the titular Ted. Though Morgan had apparently decided that three seasons was enough.

When the show first aired it caused a little controversy due to the nature of the show. The depiction of the Catholic church, whilst clearly absurd, was also largely a negative one. Ted is lazy and morally questionable (“that money was just resting in my account.”), then there is Dougal (Ardal O’Hanlon) who is a blithering idiot. You have Father Jack, a drunkard priest having completely lost his faculties whilst only retaining a disturbing penchant for nudity and unhealthy obsession with young girls (“More water! »

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Father Ted at 20: Why its legacy will go on, go on, go on

20 April 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

April 21, 1995 – would that be the day the ice age ended?

Well, no, you can't be that precise about the ice age. But it would be the day that Father Ted debuted on Channel 4.

It's hard to believe, but it's been 20 years since we first met Father Ted Crilly, Father Dougal McGuire, Father Jack Hackett and Mrs Doyle. We came to the Parochial House looking for a cup of tea and a Jaffa cake, and decided to stay longer than Father Stone.

Two decades on, and Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews' sitcom is still as clever, fresh and fecking hilarious as it was back then. And it's not difficult to see why the show about three priests and their housekeeper trapped on Craggy Island has enjoyed such longevity, or to argue why it is the greatest TV comedy ever made.

It has topped countless 'all-time TV comedy' polls in the past, »

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"It Crowd" Creator Plans Sci-Fi/Comedy Show

12 February 2015 7:49 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Graham Linehan, the creator of beloved British sitcom "The It Crowd," is planning a new sci-fi comedy TV series.

Entitled "The Cloud," the story follows the crew of Cloud Station 13 which is in orbit around Earth. The station is set up to protect the vast amounts of information humanity now hoards on its devices - the majority of which comprises selfies, pictures of kittens and porn.

The disparate group manning the hub are aren't technical geniuses, a big problem as the largely voice-activated ship is unreliable at best.

Adam Buxton ("The Persuasionists") is co-creating the sitcom with Lineman. Channel 4 has commissioned a pilot which will shoot this Spring. Buxton, Aisling Be and Jamie Demetriou will star.

Source: The Guardian »

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It Crowd's Graham Linehan writing Channel 4 space comedy with Adam Buxton

10 February 2015 2:23 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Graham Linehan is reportedly working on a new Channel 4 sitcom pilot set in space.

The Cloud will star Adam Buxton as part of a hapless data hub crew who are floating around Earth. Their ship is designed to protect information on the internet, even if it is only just selfies, porn and funny cat photos.

Aisling Bea and Jamie Demetriou will also star in the project, according to Radio Times.

The non-broadcast pilot will film in the spring. Channel 4 will announce whether it has received a full commission later this year.

Previous British sitcoms set in space include the iconic Red Dwarf, Nick Frost's Hyperdrive, and the TV adaptation of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Linehan recently revealed that a potential musical version of his classic show Father Ted could be a success.

The writer's current series Count Arthur Strong - which he »

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BBC drops Graham Linehan's The Walshes after one series

22 January 2015 4:10 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Graham Linehan has confirmed that the BBC has dropped The Walshes after one series.

The Father Ted writer's sitcom was brought over from Irish channel Rte One to BBC Four and later BBC Two in 2014. However, it will no longer be shown on the BBC.

The Walshes there, which BBC2 dropped because it didn't find an audience after three episodes and zero publicity. Anyway...

Graham Linehan (@Glinner) January 20, 2015

Linehan continued: "I should say that [comedy commissioner] Shane Allen, who brought The Walshes over to BBC2, always fought hard for it. The order to nix it came from higher up."

Bemoaning the decision to drop the show, he added: "But I really struggle to grasp the point of putting out a three-episode series, giving it no publicity, and then pulling it. Befuddling.

"Ta for all the kind words on The Walshes, folks. Really appreciated. Working now to make sure it's not the last you've seen of them. »

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Celebrating Black Books' best episodes

9 January 2015 2:28 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan's Channel 4 sitcom Black Books, starring Bill Bailey and Tamsin Greig, was comedy genius. Here's why...

Everyone loves second-hand bookshops, don’t they? The satisfaction of leafing through some dusty volume of antiquarian musings, the rich scent of aged leather bindings, redolent of the past… Add to all that the opportunity to indulge in some intellectual posing and impress the philosophy student lounging in the corner, and you’ve got yourself a full Saturday afternoon’s entertainment.

That is, of course, unless you happen to find yourself in one particular Bloomsbury establishment, presided over by a certain Bernard Black. Make no mistake: our Bernard (Dylan Moran) may have an aesthete’s tousled pallor, but there’s nothing remotely poetic about his attitude to running a shop. Only dimly familiar with the concept of customer service, he rules his domain with a rod of iron. »

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Graham Linehan: 'I think a Father Ted musical could work'

6 January 2015 7:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Father Ted creator Graham Linehan has spoken about the possibility of adapting the sitcom for the stage.

The writer told Radio Times that he believes a musical version of the show could be a success.

"I would never bring back the TV show, because of the risk you poison people's memories of the original," he insisted.

"But if you were to come up with a completely new format, I think it would be worth doing. I have this vision of a dance number, with spinning cardinals."

Although he admitted that co-creator Arthur Mathews is "not as convinced" by the idea, Linehan added: "I think it could work."

Linehan also spoke about the likelihood of the potential project referencing child sex scandals within the Catholic Church, saying: "The jokes would have to have a little bit more edge, because you just can't ignore this stuff."

Father Ted fans recently attempted to »

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The It Crowd's Graham Linehan on Us remake: "Don't do my show"

6 January 2015 4:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Graham Linehan has hinted that the upcoming Us remake of The It Crowd will be a departure from the original series.

NBC previously attempted to adapt the Channel 4 sitcom for a 2007 pilot, producing a near shot-for-shot remake, but Linehan told Digital Spy that he wants the network's second attempt to diverge from the UK series.

"It's one of the few things I've done that could translate," he said. "You just have to pull back on the surrealism and concentrate more on the character comedy - the Americans do character comedy so beautifully, so I think you have to adapt it to suit that.

"So I'm going over [to Los Angeles] to say to them, 'Please don't do my show' - or do my show, just a suitable American version.

"I'm really glad they're giving me the chance to pitch that to them - it's better to start off with a template that actually gives you a chance. »

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Graham Linehan: Why Count Arthur Strong isn't Marmite

6 January 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Count Arthur Strong is back, with Steve Delaney's comic creation having earned not just a second series but a promotion to BBC One.

The first series - broadcast back in 2013 - earned a BAFTA nomination but split the critics, with even Janice Hadlow - controller of BBC Two - describing the show as "Marmite".

Ahead of series two's launch, Digital Spy spoke to the sitcom's co-writer - BAFTA winner Graham Linehan - about the new episodes, the demise of TV criticism and why the studio sitcom is due a comeback.

Count Arthur Strong is back and now you're on BBC One - was that something you knew going in?

"We definitely didn't know about it beforehand. They showed the BBC a couple of episodes and they liked it, I guess. So yeah, that was kind of a nice surprise for us."

The general impression seems to be that BBC One »

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Graham Linehan considering Douglas Reynholm spin-off

1 January 2015 11:23 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Could Matt Berry be returning to his hilarious role from The It Crowd? Graham Linehan hopes so...

When an actor can make a line as simple as "father!" into a quotable highlight of an episode, he is surely a favourite to writers. It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, then, that Graham Linehan loves working with Matt Berry.

Now, Mr Linehan has gone so far as to suggest a spin-off for Douglas Reynholm from The It Crowd.

"I'd really love to do a Douglas spinoff of The It Crowd," he said. See? We weren't lying or anything.

Elaborating a bit, he added that "I could easily spend an hour, or half an hour, with Douglas. He's my favourite way of making fun of people that I really loathe, like Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump. I basically just have happen to him all the things that I'd love to happen to them, »

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