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10 largely forgotten UK sci-fi sitcoms

23 July 2015 3:57 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Remember Kinvig, Clone, Not With A Bang? These are the UK sci-fi sitcoms you’re unlikely to see on comedy best-of lists…

With E4 sci-fi comedy commissions, Tripped and Aliens, and in-development Channel 4 projects, Space Ark and Graham Linehan/Adam Buxton collaboration The Cloud, in the works, a new crop of sci-fi sitcom could be making its way to UK TV.

Making funny sci-fi on a small-screen budget is tough enough without the additional pressure of having to attract viewers more traditionally down-to-earth in their sitcom tastes. Sci-fi sets and effects can be seen as prohibitively expensive by comedy commissioners (which is perhaps why the best UK sci-fi sitcoms of recent years has been on BBC Radio), and the genre’s niche status doesn’t scream mainstream hit. Over the years, one or two stand-outs have managed to straddle the sci-fi and comedy TV worlds, but plenty more have stumbled in the attempt. »

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Good Grief! John Guilor Meets A Cyberman

11 February 2015 2:00 AM, PST | | See recent Kasterborous news »

Christian Cawley is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

When is the Doctor not the Doctor? Well, when he’s John Guilor, we reckon. Above, you can enjoy a few moments of Guilor’s vocal expertise and comic timing in a brief sketch recorded during a break in recording on an audiodrama. Listen out also for the excellent Cyberman voice by The Inbetweeners’ and Hyperdrive‘s Waen Shepherd....

The post Good Grief! John Guilor Meets A Cyberman appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »

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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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