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Chris Lilley says his comedy is meant to challenge stereotypes but in places this show, about to air on HBO, just feels like a misjudged 1970s sitcom
What Sione 'from Tonga' thinks of Jonah from Tonga
I always have to steel myself before watching television at Christmas. The deluge repeats from the late 1960s and 70s means that there will be at least one racial reference of questionable acceptability, and who wants to be the Grinch calling out Porridge from the sofa in the middle of a dip into the box of Roses?
It's easier to forgive a racist slip from the past because it was the Past and people, we are led to believe, at least, didn't know any better. I find it more difficult to get my head around today's creative minds using racial "otherness" as a point of comic relief and building entire characters around our collective differences. »
- Priya Elan
Update: The BBC has officially confirmed that Bhaskar will be appearing in the series eight finale. Read more about it, here.
This one comes straight from the horse's mouth, well, Twitter account. Actor and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars At No. 42, The Indian Doctor) Tweeted the following not hours ago:
"So. I can finally reveal that I've spent part of this week flying about w/ this guy @bbcdoctorwho #DrWho #nospoilers" The Tweet was accompanied, for clarity, by a Peter Capaldi pic.
Though the as-yet-undisclosed guest role will be Bhaskar's first in the TV series, the actor previously provided the voice of Dr Avishka Sangakkara in Eighth Doctor Big Finish Audio Adventures The Eight Truths and Worldwide Web.
Doctor Who is also keeping it in the family with this particular guest star, »
England's final World Cup 2014 match attracted just under 6 million viewers on Tuesday, overnight data reveals.
The 0-0 stalemate against Costa Rica brought in 5.7m (38.8%) at 4pm on average on ITV. It peaked at over 9m at around 6.30pm.
BBC One's coverage of the game between Greece and Ivory Coast scored 4.0m (20.9%) at 8pm. BBC Three's showing of Japan and Colombia gathered 744k (3.8%) at 8.30pm.
Channel 4's Location, Location, Location continued with 1.3m (6.7%) at 8pm (221k/1.0%). Auction House gathered 1.7m (7.8%) at 9pm (213k/1.2%), while Kitchen Nightmares entertained 834k (4.7%) at 10pm (152k/1.6%).
On Channel 5, Dog Rescuers interested 1.2m (6.2%) at 8pm. »
Proving that it's for more than just catching up on that episode of Orphan Black you missed because your mum phoned wanting to know if she should put a sticker over her laptop's webcam “in case hackers might see me putting in my credit card details”, BBC iPlayer has this week launched a series of 6 online-exclusive original comedy shorts, under the vaguely Soviet-sounding banner title, Original Comedy Shorts.
It's another toe-dip into content created exclusively for the BBC's electronic attic: Auntie Beeb has stuck an Elastoplast over her webcam, typed 'give me comedy' into her computer, and this is the result.
And, like a cheap pillow, it's comforting but also vaguely disappointing. Partly because it's all established comedians piloting the fun rather than up-and-coming talent. Yes, it's a »
The first Britain's Got Talent live show of the series helped ITV secure a strong ratings performance on Monday night (May 26), collecting an audience of over 9 million.
Monday's first semi-final, which was won by boyband Collabro, pulled in an average audience of 9.12 million (39.1%) from 7.30pm. A further 448k watched on +1.
Figures dropped for the results show at 9.30pm, which pulled in 7.86 million (33.3%). 288k checked out the results on +1.
On BBC One, a Bank Holiday showing of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides attracted 3.07 million (13.1%) at 8pm.
BBC Two's 50th birthday celebrations continued with 1.49 million (6.3%) tuning in for The Fast Show Special at 9pm and 1.49 million (8.0%) sticking around for the Goodness Gracious Me reunion at 10pm.
Channel 4's reality series The Island with Bear Grylls pulled in 1.67 million (7.1%) at 9pm, while What The Dambusters Did Next attracted 1.01 million (4.6%) at the same time on Channel 5.
Elsewhere, Stephen Mulhern's »
Goodness Gracious Me is back - over 13 years after it last graced our screens. Feeling old?
The iconic sketch show returned to BBC Two tonight for a one-off special, as part of the channel's 50th anniversary celebrations - with Sanjeev Bhaskar and the gang hoping to recapture a little of the old magic.
Digital Spy wants your thoughts on the revival - did the gang pull it off or was this a failed attempt to relive past glories?
At its height, Goodness Gracious Me was a ground-breaking award-winner, but do you think the series still has a place in the modern comedy landscape?
Or is this one comedy best relegated to the history books? Would you like to see another special, or maybe even an entire series back on the Beeb?
Share your thoughts on tonight's Goodness Gracious Me special and the show's future in the comments. »
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Meera Syal would love to do a new series of 'Goodness Gracious Me'. The hit comedy sketch show - which explored the lives of British-Asians living in the UK - will return for a one-off special to celebrate BBC Two's 50th anniversary, and Meera would love to get back together with co-stars Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nina Wadia for a new series. She told the Radio Times: ''We probably would [do it]. The material is there - India has changed so much and we've developed so much as a community. A lot of it depends on the response.'' 'Goodness Gracious Me' aired for three »
Meera Syal found returning to 'Goodness Gracious Me' like ''putting on a pair of comfortable slippers''. The hit BBC Two sketch show - which made stars of Meera, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nina Wadia - will return for a one-off special later this month to celebrate the channel's 50th year on air, and Meera felt as though no time had passed when the cast reunited. She said: ''It did feel like putting on an old pair of comfortable slippers, getting back together with everybody.'' 'Goodness Gracious Me' aired for five years from 1996 to 2001 and the stars feel the show is still relevant »
When their best friend is the victim of a racist murder on a Birmingham university campus, Alison (Monique Squeri), a feisty American student, and Arjun (Shiv Jhala), an Indian who obsessively films everything, plot their revenge on Gordon, the rising star of the university’s controversial “English” Society. Arjun & Alison is a hard hitting independent thriller directed by debutant Sidharth Sharma which poignantly tackles the underlying concerns of racism and racially motivated behaviour amongst the British youth community.
Set in Birmingham, the city forms an ethnically diverse backdrop, a cultural melting pot amongst student life, where a mixed group of friends are enjoying their days on campus when a horrifying murder takes place. Nigel (Duane Hannibal), the campus joker, ladies man and life and soul of the party is stabbed and killed after a night out. Determined to seek revenge on their best friend’s killer, Arjun and Alison embark »
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Celebration includes one-off Goodness Gracious Me, satirical history of channel and shows on music and sports heritage
BBC2 is marking its 50th anniversary next month with a satirical look at its history through the eyes of Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, a special episode of the ground-breaking comedy Goodness Gracious Me and a tribute show featuring Ricky Gervais, Michael Palin and The Goodies.
Dara O'Briain is also fronting a quiz with Richard Osman called All About Two, while the channel's music and sports heritage in shows such as Pot Black and The Old Grey Whistle Test will be celebrated in Pop Goes BBC2 and 50 Years of Sport on BBC2, presented by Sue Barker.
Harry and Paul's Story of the »
- Tara Conlan
BBC Two has announced a series of special programmes to mark its 50th anniversary.
The channel celebrates the milestone on April 20, and will broadcast several one-off programmes featuring the likes of Dara Ó Briain and Sue Barker.
Earlier today (March 19), it was announced that Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse will star in a spoof look back at the history of the channel in The Story of the Twos, while there will also be a one-off Goodness Gracious Me reunion.
50 Years Of BBC Two Comedy will look back at the channel's biggest comedy programmes and performers, including Fawlty Towers, Spike Milligan, Shooting Stars, The Office, Victoria Wood, and The Fast Show.
The two-hour special will feature Armando Iannucci, »
Harry & Paul's Story of the Twos will see the comic duo mocking classic BBC Two stars to mark the channel's 50th anniversary.
The hour-long programme's title is a nod to Simon Schama's History of the Jews, while Enfield will narrate the show as Schama.
Among the 'programmes' featured on the show include Men Behaving Likely Ladly, The Old Grey Wrinkled Testicle and Grumpy Old Hasbeens.
Characters including Gerald Manley Paxman, John Cleese-Shop-Sketch, Mark Egghead, Germaine Dreary and Russell Somebody will also appear.
The British Asian comedy, last seen on our screens in 2001, will return in a one-off, as part of BBC2's 50th-anniversary celebrations
Goodness Gracious Me, one of British TV's most successful Asian programmes, is to return for the first time since 2001.
The cast will reunite for a one-off special as part of BBC2's half-century celebrations. The news emerged after the BBC advertised for audience members to watch the filming. The advert read: "To celebrate 50 years of comedy on BBC2, the original cast of the award winning Goodness Gracious Me are back for a special one-off edition of the ground-breaking British Asian sketch show featuring new characters alongside some favourites from the original series in a wealth of brand new sketches."
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
The sketch show is to be filmed as part of the channel's upcoming 50th anniversary celebrations.
The original series ran from 1998 to 2001, having started as a Radio 4 show in 1996. Its last airing was the 2001 special 'Back Where They Came From'.
The BBC said in a statement: "To celebrate 50 years of comedy on BBC Two the original cast of the award-winning Goodness Gracious Me are back for a special one off edition of the ground-breaking British Asian sketch show featuring new characters alongside some favourites from the original series in a wealth of brand new sketches."
The special will be filmed in front of a live audience at Teddington Studios on March 22.
The cast members most recently came together for Radio 4 series The Reunion, »
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